If you have a nervous Nellie kind of dog, here are a couple of resources which might be of interest to you:
One of the books I just started reading is “Don’t Shoot the Dog!” by Karen Pyror. Something interesting in the first few pages is how trainers manage to interact with llamas. To begin with, the trainer will click the llama if it stays still, and then create more distance between them and the flighty animal.
The llama is in control and influences the outcome.
In essence, the llama learns that by staying still, it can make the scary person retreat and go away. From there the person can work up to where the llama will be actively earning things like food, petting, and scratching.
This is such an interesting concept and course of action!
What do llamas have to do with dogs?
Make sure to check back to find out why we’re talking about nervous dogs and llamas.
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