A few short months ago, the little cutie in the picture above, Rocky Balboa (on the right), was so fearful that he would not walk on leash. Today was a big day for Mr. Balboa! We worked some desensitization and counterconditioning with Rocky, using our dogs, Nero and Luna.
In a controlled, low distraction environment, we are able to gradually decrease the distance of our dogs and Rocky. By going at a slow pace and keeping an eye on how Rocky is handling the pressure, we are able to work towards eliminating his fear-based response (which usually is hiding behind mom).
If your dog is showing signs of fears, anxiety, or fear based aggression, this type of training protocol will help to paint a different picture for your dog and help to eliminate the problem behaviors you are experiencing.
If you or somebody you know has a fearful or anxious dog, we can help! Give us a call.