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Old 02-09-2013, 10:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Rogue doesn't like heights. Or certain surfaces. She doesn't like to use her back legs to get onto anything that freaks her out. She will "touch" it with front legs, but that is all. She can spin in a circle with rear legs and back up. She'll walk over the ladder bars. It's not helping. If I put her up on whatever object she's refusing to climb or jump up on to and praise and then release her for tug she almost always will attempt to go on it again on her own. I want to help her over come these issues. Do you have any exercises I can try for her confidence in heights and unstable/slippery surfaces?


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Are you doing any perch work/rear end awareness...once she's comfortable in her body and knows that it works, her confidence may come up. I use canned cheese to get my dog up on a peanut/balancing/turning/ sitting/platzing. Get a livestock feeder and flip it upside down to do the perch work.
My dog feared a wobbleboard but after ramping him up while tugging and me banging it around while I was on it had him jumping on it and getting over his fear when it bounced/banged. His nails made noise on it too...which added to his sensitivity. Start small and work up, which it sounds like you are doing! You can see Karlo on the peanut in this thread:
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This is a fitpaws pillow which is way more than the livestock feeder, but works the same:
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Love the canned cheese idea. We do rear end awareness and I have the feeder. She'll spin around it no problem but ill work on getting all fours on it and doing the other things. I need to get my husband to make me a wobble board.


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