Originally Posted by elisabeth_00117
The trick is to catch him BEFORE he reacts. Almost like a distraction.
Ears perked - click - treat - good boy! Repeat.
Yes, of course, which is easy to do if on a walk with a dog- or people- reactive dog, and you can see the situation coming. The hard part here is the inconsistency with which he is reactive, and that I can't predict noises happening. I can't be watching him every second I'm home, of course - gotta cook, clean, etc. I am working on being more aware of the noises around us, to try to glance at him before he starts reacting, but that's such a fine line - and as I say, he doesn't *always* bark at car doors slamming, for example.
the turning around and looking at you expectantly is an EXCELLENT SIGN. it means he is able to use part of his thinking brain to auto-correct in the middle of reactivity. this is a very useful skill.
Oh good, that's what I was hoping! I couldn't tell if it was good, showing that he can interrupt himself, or bad, showing that he thought the click was for barking. (I have always been careful not to click while he barked)
I had the same question and issue. what i decided to do is to raise the criteria . i cant keep noises from happening or dogs from walking by on the street. and we cant get closer to them-so what i am doing now is acknowleging his bark by looking back at him.-he usually looks at me when he starts the barking as if to say"hey mom- a dog is outside!" i then look at him without any reaction as if to say, "yeah? and so what?" i dont actually say it-it is more of an attitude- and i go back to what i am doing. if he persists, i go look at the window with him.
when he looks again at the window i will only click if he does not bark or react.
i then say "look at the doggie". at this point he knows we are in game mode and he will usually look without a bark. i continue to click and treat until either dog goes out of sight or Ben calms down and doesnt have a problem with it anymore.
so i am now clicking for no reaction.
we still do LAT but for in the house the raised criteria is that i reward quiet behavior, tho he can look all he wants.
That makes sense - and is exactly where I was going with it. I think I just started second guessing myself when it didn't work perfectly right away
Of course the stopping and looking is the first step - and if he ends up going back and barking, that just shows that he's still anxious and his head isn't out of the space where noise = ahh, scary, bark at it.