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Threshold Distance

DISTANCE DISTANCE DISTANCE


Yes I'm using capital letters!!


When dealing with changing emotions from 'I don't like' to 'oooh I like', you have to start at a distance that your dog is comfortable with. Comfortable means:


๐Ÿพ Relaxed body


๐Ÿพ Watching NOT fixating


๐Ÿพ Responsive to me


๐Ÿพ Can take food


Wolfie on his training walk today saw 3 dogs!!


He sniffed the grass for sprinkles

He looked back at me after looking at the dog

Ate cheese I'd squished over my fingers


I didnt ask him to DO anything, that'll come later


We were out for a total of 25 minutes. Any longer and his little stress bucket would be close to full. Just because he didn't get agitated or bark doesn't mean that stress wasn't building up.


Short sessions so as not to overwhelm are key, with lots of destressing activities afterwards ie licky mat, Kong, long lasting chew or in Wolfies case a soft toy to dissect under supervision ๐Ÿฆ†


Remember your distance!


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