Young German Shepherd Simply Gets Too Excited
Ozzy is 22 months old. He has a wonderful nature for a family pet and is friendly to people and dogs.
There is one problem that effects most things in his life, and consequently the life of his family.
Ozzy simply gets too excited.
The smallest thing triggers excitement.
Already they have been doing many of the things I would have suggested, but still Ozzy is too excited.
There is one angle they’ve not full explored.
Instead of looking at things from the point of view of stopping him from being too excited, to focus on increasing calm instead.
The problem peaks as soon as the lady gives any hint that a walk may be imminent.
She tries to vary times but some triggers can’t be avoided. She will now get changed early. She already leaves her keys and treat bag at the door. Sometimes she even takes the harness with her and puts it on when they get to the field.
What she’s not tried is to teach him specifically ‘calmness’.
The lady can do it like this.
Ozzy may be wandering about and then stand still, or sit. She will immediately capture the moment of calm using a clicker. (It’s not the clicker itself that works, it is how it’s used which needs some expertise and this involves food).
Any calm behaviour she likes, she will capture in this way.
Soon clever Ozzy will learn how to earn clicks through being calm.
Instead of giving ‘commands’ when they want him to sit at a door, for example, they will wait for him to work it out for himself.
Using his brain will help him to calm. It’s impossible to concentrate on something and be too excited at the same time, isn’t it?
They can practise doing this at various times during the day.
Now they have a tool to use when Ozzy gets too excited as she prepares to go out for a walk. It may be a slow job to begin with.
Now, when he is no longer too excited and can walk out of the house calmly, he won’t pull down the road. Being calmer, he is less likely to be too excited when he sees a person or another dog.
The lady will unleash the hidden calm in her excitable dog!
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