Not sure if the OP is still interested or not but if you have a link or info on "flooding" he did seem interested. I know what it is but really dont know how to explain it. So of course I would be interested in it also!
Still very interested and still very open for suggestions, and very appreciative. Sorry was dealing with some health issues.
Thanks Adara, any clue on desensitization for when the dog is hearing and reacting way before you hear it? For examples see below please.
I taught Kyrah to settle next to me but it wasnt with her teetered or me sitting on a leash. It was pretty much starting with down stays and making the time longer and longer. I worked up to 30 minutes downs. In the begining I was able to make sure she stayed. Then I worked to where I was sitting, then doing things, then getting up and down. We practiced this everyday or other day when she was younger. She settles very well most of the time and always has. Hmm...maybe this is why. Yes Lori, Kyrah did/does this same thing. She will just lie down and sprawl out when I am waiting for something.
Lately my dogs are a bit out of control when someone knocks on the door. Our system has been disrupted. Their spots (mats) in the living room are gone. We have not had a living room for 5 months. Funny my daughter and I were talking the other day about their stays and how as soon as the living room is done (if ever
) we are going right back to practicing 30 minute downs on their spots!
I know what flooding is but really dont know how to explain it. Adara might explain it differently and better than me as far as desensitizing. But when Kyrah was people aggressive/fearful whatever you want to call it. I had to back her up and get her a certain distance back right to where she would not react and I could have her attention. Once they get to a certain point and she is reacting there is no way she can even comprehend I am talking to her.
I taught her to focus on me...look over there and look back at me. The book control unleashed has a game called "look at that." Great game. I taught with a clicker for her to look at something. Then gave the command "look" then up'd the game to; from a safe distance to look at what she would react to and have her look at me instead and get a treat. It worked for Kyrah but not over night...her people issues took probably a yr and a half to work through. Dexter is reactive to many things and he responded quicker with this method to his issues than Kyrah with hers. I have even had joggers tell me that is so cute; "he was looking at me then looked at you as to say what should I do." It takes time, practice and consistency. Where my daughter would ask why dont you avoid that...if I did I would be passing up a great training opportunity. Just try to make sure you are setting up for sucess. The time put in is well worth having a dog you can keep under that threashold of reaction to one that is out of control lunging, barking and/or growling.
Even having holes chewed in your jacket/coat pockets b/c you forget you have treats in them! But Cujo!! knows they are there! I am going to beat him!
Yeah I didn't do this with Calamity when she was a puppy. The SO and I had rescues for the past 15 years or so. I hadn't had a puppy in 20+ years and she had never had one. I thought she was very high energy compared to the other puppies I had in the past, but I thought it was me just be older, plus I had just been diagnosed with diabetes so I was just slower. We had to put five dogs down in a year, so having something full of energy bouncing off the walls was a blast.....for us, not for her, we failed her.
She would sleep, no lie about 6-8 hours a day if that, and that was all at one time. not this play for 15 minutes and sleep for an hour. This was at 8-12 weeks old. She would go to daycare for eight hours, playing non stop and come home and continue. Now I know it's because we allowed it and didn't teach her how to calm, even though we were in training and would ask, they would just blow it off. I think they didn't believe she was as hyper as we were saying because hey everyone says that about their dog.
I'm telling you, especially after having the eight month old red Huckleberry...she was HYPER. Her mind was (and still is at times) in a constant state of flux. When she did sleep, boy does she sleep. She could be picked up and carried, she would have to be awakened to go out and be fed, and still does at 18 months. Yeah, we broke her.
She knows the "watch me", she looks at a bus and back at me and gets a treat, it can even be driving down the street, the same with people walking in front of the house, trains, barges, and even planes (we have a dog park by a fly zone) . She does great..on leash...I tell her to look at it then watch me, she looks at it, looks at me and gets her treat. She even looks at it, then me without being told waiting for her treat.
The "flooding" thing happens with her multiple times a day :::sigh::: and night. At home, off leash, blinds closed, TV on (loud). Most of the time we have no clue, she just jumps up barking at the sky. 8AM and 3PM it's the buses, she hears them from blocks away. It doesn't matter what room, or how loud other noise is. Sometimes I think it's my Mom and Dad haunting me for being gay and not having kids, lol. She can hear someone walking a dog three houses up, or hear the dog barking inside the house two streets away, in the winter with the TV blaring. She has barked at planes in the sky when all you can see is the contrail and maybe a flashing light. She may be a whack but she is our whack!
I think on Monday I will start the SOTD when the buses come, unless you more experienced people think this might not be a good idea. I have to say I have never tried putting her on a leash and treating her when she "hears" the bus only. I have done it when she sees and hears it. So maybe I should do that. Grrrr I wish they made ear plugs for dogs that I could gradually release them while treating, or find someway to use her hearing for good! Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App