Everyone has accidently reinforced an unwanted behavior. Whether the behavior was like mine and built its annoyance over time or was a bi-product of another behavior, or was just formed completely by accident, completely extinguishing the behavior can prove to be difficult. This post is meant to serve as an informational on how to deal… Continue reading The Relationship Between Frustration and Extinction
This week Odin was very high energy as he was on bed rest due as he was neutered last week. His vet said that walks were okay, but any other activity was highly discouraged until he was fully healed. 6/18/19 Today was a great walk. We left the house with some deli Turkey as Odin's… Continue reading Reactive Chronicles: Week 06/18/19
This was written a handful of weeks ago…. Back at the beginning of June. I was debating whether to post the Reactivity Chronicles, or whether to keep them just for myself. However, as I have been writing them, I have noticed a change in my mindset and feelings around Odin’s reactivity. I hope this helps… Continue reading Reactive Chronicles: Week of 6/11/19
So a little over two month ago, Odin, Derek, and I went on a small road trip up the Northern California Cost. We rented a house in Manchester, CA (located in Mendocino County) and were surprised to find that there were many state and regional parks that were very dog friendly. I was hoping that… Continue reading Reactive Road Trip: Mendocino County
Frustration is all about access. Your dog is frustrated because they do not have access to what they want (the other dog). This is very different from fear based reactivity. In fear based reactivity, your dog wants the trigger to go away and leave them alone. In frustration based, they want the opposite. They want… Continue reading Tools for Managing Frustration Based Reactivity
My husband, Derek, was telling me about his day at work last night, specifically that one of his co-workers asked him about how Odin was with other dogs. Derek explained that Odin was reactive and to his surprise, the co-worker actually had heard of reactivity because his dog was also reactive! This was really refreshing… Continue reading Frustration Based Reactivity? What’s That??
Tomorrow, I start a new job and I will be working a normal 8am-5pm Monday through Friday schedule. This is a lot different from my previous work schedule. Before I was working 13-hour night shift 3 or 4 nights a week. With this schedule I had 3 to 4 day weekends that were devoted to… Continue reading New Job and New Schedule = New Training Routine