No Stinkin' Leashes Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
Are you having specific problems with your dog? I've only done the social isolation phase of NILIF with one dog. For most dogs it's probably not necessary, but Cassidy was almost 5 months old when we got her and had no training or manners. She'd listen to my husband but treated me like a littermate, lol! Jumping on the bed and grabbing my clothes and running off with them while I was trying to get dressed in the morning, nipping at my sleeve if I tried to grab her, etc. Nothing aggressive about her, but she was having a wonderful time and thought we were playing. I was NOT having a wonderful time, I was ready to tear my hair out in frustration. So I tried social isolation for 2 days, which was very hard. She was so sweet and cute, but wild and crazy too, and I needed her to take me seriously. I literally pretended she didn't exist.
Since she was our only dog at the time, I can't comment on doing it with one dog and not others. In our case, I was the only one who ignored her, my husband continued treating her normally. By the end of the second day she was about ready to do backflips to get my attention, she was desperate! It totally turned her attitude around, and if I had another similar dog I wouldn't hesitate to try it again. But since then I've gotten puppies at 9 or 10 weeks old, and just using NILIF as a routine way of life from the time they came home was plenty.
BTW, welcome to the board - what part of the Bay Area are you in?
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