What do you think? Do you have a dog who you try to help be able to find peace in this life? How do you help your reactive dog learn to find peace? To make peace a habit, when genetics, personality, or experiences have them inclined to be reactive? We all know a dog who cannot easily be at peace in this world due to genetic, temperament failings. Maybe the dog has been abused. Or serious training mistakes have been made. Perhaps the dog was bred to performance goals with such extreme temperament, drives, reactitity that it endures living with a hair-trigger response to just about anything. Or, horrific experiences have left an indellible mark, and coping with the world is difficult for these dogs. New situations may send these dogs' nervous systems into overdrive. Difficulty calming oneself, in such a random world, would mean a lifetime of stress for such dogs-- without owners working on their behalf to help them.
How do you help your dog learn to find peace? Do you use TTouch? Does homeopathy, Bach Flower essenses work for your dog? Do you clickertrain? Take classes? Have you tried Reiki-- what did you think of it? More than just coping strategies, how do you make finding his/her own peace a habit for your dog?
I am seeking ideas, because I have an eager, impulsive, friendly dog-- who's urge to control new or exciting situations gets the best of him. He is now able to sit for strangers to pet him-- but that took accepting that he cannot initiate, rush up, wag and kiss and paw for attention. Sitting and allowing someone else to initiate is new and not easy for his personality. He loves other dogs-- and his frustration at not being able to charge up and initiate contact while held on leash makes him tend towards leash reactivits with other dogs.
How do you help your reactive dog be at peace, let go, be calm-- and relax in his or her life, so that it becomes a learned habit?
Grimm van den Heuvel, aka "The Doofinator"
My strong-minded, very loving boy