Breed: Labrador Retriever mix
Behavior Challenge: Difficulty being crated, anxious, pulling on leash, ability to “throw his weight around” with his owner
Tally was new to his home and needed a stronger structure to lean on while he got his bearings. A common mistake new dog owners make is being overly-indulgent with new dogs and allowing them full access and privileges that are not yet earned. This can create pushiness in dogs, but can also create anxiety, especially if the dog came from a highly structured foster home or shelter. Luckily, Tally’s owner recognized these potential pitfalls soon after she adopted this dog, and got the tools and education she needed to make sure she made the right first impression.
Creating communication was key as well as setting appropriate expectations and teaching the owner how to not accidentally reinforce unwanted behavior. “Nothing in Life is Free” is a great, non-confrontational type of plan to implement with new dogs to a home. Initial training was done with a prong collar and leash and we focused a lot on polite leash-walking as going for walks would be time for Tally and his owner to bond and also get much-needed exercise and stimulation.
Tally learned each obedience skill quickly and was always eager to work. He learned to accept his crate without a fuss, to walk politely and not pull (especially important in a situation like this, where the dog’s size and speed could out-match his owner’s), and to stay on a place mat when told.
In Their Own Words – Our Client Experience
When I rescued Tally (1-year old Lab), I was unsure what to expect in behaviors. He had no former training, so even getting him into the kennel when we arrived home was stressful. I felt as though I was the one doing tricks to get my dog to behave, and without much success.
Sarah worked with Tally one-on-one and got quick results. Tally was soon listening to and following commands to kennel, sit, heel, down and stay in place! Better yet, he was happy to please me and what a difference it has made in our day, every day!
I appreciated knowing the “how-to’s” of reinforcing what Tally learned.
Thank you Paws n Motion for a great training experience!
Deb, Ham Lake