Day one of walking reactive retraining went pretty well. I think Tibby will figure out this game quickly. It will also help our focus issues in other areas. Basically I'm asking her to focus on me and ignore the rest of the world.
We went for our walk as it was getting dark. I was hoping there wouldn't be too many people out walking. It was such a gorgeous day that I'm sure the 7 parks (yes 7 huge park, too bad Tibby isn't reliable off leash or she could enjoy them) ,that I live next too, were full of people walking the trails.
So we saw 2 boys on skateboards and 2 people walking.
I saw the boys coming toward us and I stepped off the trail and had Tibby sit facing me and I gave her lots of cheese. She saw the boys and was biting me fairly hard, when she took the treats. When they were about 20 feet away she barked once at them and then whipped back around and took some more cheese. That was pretty good for her. No lunging and the leash was loose, because she was sitting. One bark, instead of a screaming fit.
The people walking she did bark a few times at them. I couldn't stop and have her sit in that situation, because of the way the trails meet in the park. The people would have eventually been following us - which she does NOT like. I was able to keep her moving and give her cheese. She heeled all the way home, hoping to get more cheese. That's a first. Hmmm, I just have to carry a cheese stick in one hand. Magic!
Work in progress.