Not sure how I didn’t think of that…

As I said yesterday, this past weekend I had the opportunity to see Sarah Kalnajs speak over the course of two days.  Honestly, there were moments of greatness and moments of… well… disappointment.  I think this largely has to do with the stress going on in her life right now…she seemed to improve as the weekend went on.  I took away some interesting behavioral assessments/evaluation tools and an appreciation for good canine behavior videos.  Perhaps the most personally informative is Sarah’s idea of having a safety zone for the dogs in the house.

For all of Shayne’s improvements with people, she still gets concerned/anxious when visitors come over.  We’ve done a lot of work and men can come in and as long as they ignore her for about 5 minutes she warms up nicely.  However, the sound of a knock at the door immediately sends her into a bit of a tizzy.  It just takes a minute to send her to her bed where she will stay until the person enters but this does still raise her anxiety level and I’d like to prevent that.   I could, of course, continue to do counter conditioning but I’m looking to try something new.

One of the things I love about being in an ever-evolving field is that there are a crazy number of new ideas coming out all the time.  What I love even more is that innovators can use the same ingredients and come up with some amazing recipes.  Sarah’s concept uses “ingredients” that I either use or have known about for some time, yet the way she combines them is quite a good idea and one I’m going to work on.

Sarah spoke about creating a safety zone where dogs can learn to relax and stay quiet.  Using DAP, Through A Dog’s Ear music, visual barrier, comfy beds/crates, and some training I can hopefully reduce Shayne’s anxiety about visitors.  I’ve been newly inspired to give this set up and training a go specifically for some relaxation when we have visitors for Shayne.

I just love that something so simple could provide such a much needed space for Shayne to relax and chill.  I’m hoping that if I get a good vibe going in the safety zone, that I’ll be able to make a travel safety-space for when we compete elsewhere and she has to chill in a hotel room.

I’m going to get some DAP and download TADE music (since my CD has mysteriously disappeared…) and see if we can get a nice happy place going for Shayne!

About Success Just Clicks

I'm a dog trainer and enthusiast who moonlights as a blogger and custom tug-toy maker.
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2 Responses to Not sure how I didn’t think of that…

  1. Hi! Just making the rounds to remind all my bookmarked dog-bloggin’ friends that the Tricks For Treats contest ends this Friday at 11:59 pm EST. Grab your video camera and get your submission in ASAP!


  2. The safe zone is an important concept. Even dogs who are comfortable around people still need some down time when change occurs. Bailey has a couple of spots, Katy seems to prefer her crate.

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