Tag: Reactive Dog
This is a brief overview of our methodology for working with reactive and fearful dogs.
STARR Protocol for Reactive Dogs
Working with reactive or fearful dogs is a specialty of Pawsitive Vybe. The key to dealing with these troubled dogs is allowing the dog to make decisions – simple decisions – that will help to center and ground them and to enable them to deal with environmental distractions on their own terms.
The Pawsitive Vybe STARR Protocol is an elegant system for handling reactive and/or reactive dogs.
Skinner Rocks but Pavlov Rules
The realm of rational decisions (operant behavior) are dictated by the classically conditioned state.
The woman who stands on the chair in the kitchen shrieking, broom in hand, in the presence of a mouse, is not making a rational decision. She canʼt. Sheʼs over threshold. Sheʼs making a silly decision, a decision that is … Read More »
Yesterday, I did a piece on Reframing the Dog’s Understanding of the Door. A couple of the comments pointed out some gaps in the one ‘how to’ paragraph. That paragraph was not meant as a lesson plan, it was just a quick hit explanation of the technique. Today’s installment is also not meant as a lesson plan. This piece is about some concepts we can use to desensitize our dog to the classical condition.
Pavlovian Humor – Make Their Drive a Joke
Humor is essentially taking people down a common path and popping them out into an unexpected destination:
“Three guys walk into a bar,”
The listener knows what’s coming: a long drawn out story about a minister, a priest and a rabbi, or something like that. Eyes roll,”Oh no, not another one… this is going to take a while.” We are already on … Read More »
STARR protocol session with Layla exiting the car.
This past weekend we did some work with Mary & Tala in the pasture. Tala has a hard time controlling herself around active dogs
Public Access dog training with Hops at the Rockford Farmers market. Public Access training is Canine Interaction.
Public Access dog training photo gallery with Prima and Hops.
Freeshaped Down earns cookies in Rear of Crate. – 30 secondsHops’ down made cookies happen in the rear of the crate presenting competing interest between crate and public environment.
Freeshaped Down to get the hand to the door. – 30 secondsHops’ down made me put my hand on the crate latch. Consequent.
Duration on Down or to get the door open. – 30 seconds Hops’ getting up prompted hand to be removed from crate latch. After a few breaks of down, Hops held and door opened.
Freeshaped eye contact for cookies and then exit. – 30 secondsHops was getting frustrated, so we reduced down criteria to “in the crate” and moved to freeshaped Eye Contact to add value to open doored crate and as path to getting outside – 5 or so cookies. Last eye contact earned exit.
Freeshaped reorientation funneled … Read More »