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Mishka&Milo 03-04-2014 10:31 PM

Store alarms
I have just recently started training my service dog in public stores. She is doing amazingly.... Her only problem is the store alarms that you have to walk through when you enter and exit. She does not react in stores without those. She looks at both of them and has a startle response. She quickly recovers, but I was wondering if there could be a logical reason.... Such as a high frequency

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ILGHAUS 03-04-2014 10:50 PM

It is the security tag that emits a high frequency radio signal when passing through the alarm system. It is possible that you were in the general area when someone set the alarm off and your dog connects the exit alarm reader and the loud uncomfortable to the ears sound.

Great deduction of a possibility on your part. I would start doing a lot of work walking through when light traffic and try to stay back when busy. Then work your way up till dog is comfortable even with the distraction. Might be a good idea to have a great treat in your pocket when you go shopping and treat this as a training under distraction. Of course it may be quite awhile before an alarm goes off when you are nearby. Maybe you could just allow her to nibble on a treat as you go through them for a bit - go down to just reward on the way out - and then give treat only outside of store before taking treat away altogether. (I am not a believer in giving treats while in a place of business but this may be one of the few times I would approve if done very discretely.)

On this training with a possible distraction, I would of course NOT recommend having a helper set off the alarm on purpose -- I'm sure security would not be pleased. :D

Shaolin 03-07-2014 12:50 AM

They sell door/window alarms on Amazon. I don't have a service dog, but I installed the little magnetic alarms on my windows that face the state park for a little extra security. They sound a lot like store alarms and are extremely cheap; I picked up 6 for about 30$. Maybe you can get some of those and work on desensitizing.

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