Do you have a sensitive dog? One who shuts down, quits, goes sniffing, gets the zoomies, reacts to everything and anything, or just plain wilts like an unwatered plant at the slightest perceived pressure?
Does your sensitive dog’s behaviour slow down your training? Prevent you from doing the things you want to do together? Or maybe is so extreme that it affects her ability to fully enjoy life?
If you’ve answered yes to any of the above, then you definitely have a sensitive dog.
I have a house full of sensitive dogs and know all too well how tricky they can be to work with sometimes. But don’t despair! While challenging, sensitive dogs can also be some of the most wonderful and exciting to both train and live with. You just have to understand how to adjust your approach to bring out their best. And, perhaps most importantly, how to open yourself up to what they have to offer.
Join me in this discussion as I share my five-pronged approach to working with sensitive dogs. Specifically, in our hour together, we will be exploring:
- Arousal issues and the sensitive dog
- The critical importance of handler mindset when working with these dogs
- Identifying and curing poisoned cues
- Building consent and control into your dog’s training, and life in general
- Management strategies for those times when training isn’t possible
In this talk, I will give you key strategies and tools you can implement right away that will give you immediate results. Practiced regularly, you’ll continue to see improvement over the weeks, months, and years to come.
Even better, as you learn how to more effectively work with your sensitive dog, you’ll discover that these dogs can be some of the most delightful to work with. They are the most amazing teachers, and offer us the opportunity to grow, learn, and dramatically improve our skills as trainers. Your sensitive dog can even become the partner of your dreams!
I hope you’ll join me and learn how to bring out the best in your sensitive dog, and grow that partnership with her that you’ve always hoped was possible.