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post #21 of 25
Wow. that's great!
I would love to know how you do that with the treats/focusing. Like I said about my border collie, he's great and I love him but he does have issues listening to me when we are out walking and someone approaches us. I think he feels he has to defend me. Plus he goes nuts with other dogs.

Did this focusing on you help him to listen to you in that kind of situation? You had him sit and gave him treats The whole time. Was the treat given every time he would get up or something and then you had him focus-treat?

You don't have to do the treats when you are out on a walk, doyou?

TIA for advice
post #22 of 25
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Our dog is very food driven. She loves to eat. Is your border collie?

This is how the behavorist told me to do it.

1. If the dog is going crazy. Just keep giving her treats, one at a time, very small pieces, until she stops. The mind/body cannot be aggressive and eat at the same time. Eating turns off the fight/flight system.

2. Have dog sit on your left side. Say "look or watch", wait for dog to look you in the eye. Then say 'yes' immediately to praise the eye contact. Pause, then give treat. The pause will teach the dog that yes is the reward, treat is the bonus. This way if you are out without a treat, 'yes' will work too. For me the pause before treating was the trick.

Good luck!
post #23 of 25
Great update! I was wondering if maybe your nephew would have some time to exercise the dog? Since you're busy trying to take care of two little ones, it seems it could help the situation. I hope your success continues!
post #24 of 25
What a great update. And it sounds like all your effort is paying off. Bravo!
post #25 of 25
Lovely update!!!
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