Scott and Aleisha may have their arguments, but deep down they are just a brother and sister type duo who like to settle their differences with battles of rampage and cardboard sword fights ⚔️ Our clients often hear us talk about teaching foundation skills and see us using various objects and experiences to test the dog's understanding of the criteria for the skill they are working on. 🤔 So what importance do set ups like this video have on rehabilitating a dog with behavioural issues?
Along with the common root problems like low self-esteem and miscommunication, many dogs suffering from reactivity, anxiety or other behavioural issues are in fact having troubles regulating their responses due to not being able to control their urges when stimulated.
Impulse control is a 'failure to resist a temptation or urge.' As a general observation, many dogs act on impulse because they haven't received clear, consistent communication and understanding from their guardians or alternate behaviours to do instead.
By building a dog's ability to resist various temptations no matter how motivating they are, helps create a habit to see the advantage in not responding and 'acting on urge' even in a state of over stimulation.
Each of these shepherds have differing levels of reactivity issues and are at different stages in their behavioural modification. What they do have in common is a clear and common understanding of where the advantage lies (eg staying in position may earn reward) and they are not tempted beyond their capability.
By preparing dogs with all types of weird and wonderful movements, objects, sights and sounds contribute to more experiences with maintained impulse control so that it is a feeling which comes naturally to then, opposed to lashing out 👍