Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Re: Some advice on socializiation...
This dog is the PERFECT candidate for clicker training!
At our training club, what we do with these types of dogs is actually mark and reward them for noticing/alerting to something. For example, say we have a dog in the class and we knock over some soda cans. The dog will stand up and look in that direction. Immediately at that moment we mark and reward him for noticing. The mark/reward when timed correctly seems to block the following unwanted behavior (barking at the cans, bolting, etc). It's like the dog goes "oh, so I can look at that and get rewarded for just standing here and not running over to investigate? Well, I can do that!" It's something the dog does naturally. Clicking and treating for it helps block an escalation of skittish behavior and builds the dog's confidence b/c it's so easy for him to earn that mark and reward.
I would clicker train in general, as well. MRL will come here and give you some good links I'm sure....