Re: Lunging at cars on our street as they pass by
How old is Juli?
Havoc seems enthralled by car headlights and will try to pull me toward them. It stopped this summer as it was no longer dark when I walked him, this fall it started again. It is a dangerous behavior so I started working with it seriously and have it pretty much resolved.
This is what I did:
Start a good way back and use a sit and reward the sit.
Reward him for looking at the headlight/car.
The loooking at the car became a predictor of a reward.
I added the cue look at the car to give him permission to check it out and rewarded the look.
The car and headlights no longer are enthralling they are just a way to get a reward so now he sees the car and looks at me.
Build this slowly if you can but it is hard to predict the cars when you are out walking . So use every encounter to let her look and reward and she will begin turning back to you for the treat. This is the Look at That (LAT) game from Leslie McDevitt's Control Unleashed. It does work.
Barking at strangers and things behind her may just be startle, she can't see them and they "sneak up" on her. If you hear them coming step off to the side out of the way, turn so she can see them approach and play LAT just like for the cars. The farther away you hear them the more time she has to see them coming and realize they are not sneaking up on her.
Havoc did that too and I used this for him as well and it worked.
Even if this is or is not fear, the positive game reframes the stuff as a way to get a reward and not a scary threat or predictor of punishment which would increase the negative association - even if it stopped the behavior temporarily.
They are protective aren't they?
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