As a Dog Trainer this is excellent advice.
I think this is great advice but I have 1 question. I have Poppy, a 4 year old retriever/pyraneese mix that is terrified of the vacuum cleaner. She was adopted from the local ASPCA as a baby so she hadn't been abused, either there or here where she's furry little royalty. :-) (My boyfriend thinks it's the sound it makes.) But she takes off the second I touch it. How do I begin desensitization without having to come after her with the object of her fear? It seems mean to do that, like it would instill more fear. But I can't even get to the 'set it down and give a treat part'.
And on a side note, do you have any recommendations to stop squirrel chasing? With her breed, I know I'm fighting mother nature but we live near a busy road and I can't even take her outside to our backyard off lead. (About 6 feet.) I was able to train my German Shepherd to 'leave it' but Poppy just seems to get it when we're in training session or inside but all training seems to float away the second her paws touch grass. I've paid for extra training sessions to find iut this interesting piece of info. I can't get her to focus with outdoor distractions.
Thank you. I follow your page and have been impressed with your infographs of things that dog owners feel should be a part of everyone's education but non-dog owners seem to overlook. I have also passed along some to my awesome dog trainer who, I think, follows you too. We are at a loss with these 2 issues. She always performs very well in class. Thank you very much for your time. Stacey
Stacey L. Is there any real reason that your Poppy needs to know about the vacuum cleaner? I have had this "problem" also, and as the vacuum has nothing to do with the dog, I just let him/her get out of the way wherever they feel comfortable. Good luck
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