Few things are more frustrating than trying to get through to a brain on overdrive. From the unfunny trope of slapping a hysterical woman to escalating shouting matches, we have ample cultural evidence that attempts to reach an overwrought mind are doomed to fail. That doesn’t stop us from trying it with our animal learners.
We’ve all had the experience of trying to suppress a frantic dog’s escalating behavior or to coax a learned exercise from a panicky dog unable to respond. The answer is not only to teach the lessons when the brain is fully available, but also to teach the learner how to control that overwhelm and stay more available. We need to build fluencies in times of calm which can withstand times of stress, and we need to build fluency in coping mechanisms to handle stress.
Join Laura VanArendonk Baugh to talk about intense, anxious, and hyper-aroused dogs and how to help them in sport or in everyday life.