We Had A Breakthrough!

Loki met our neighbor.

It’s been sunny and warm in the morning lately. I have been taking my coffee outside to enjoy the warmth and watch Loki play. As it turns out, our neighbor, who travels a lot, was outside. He decided to look over the fence and have a chat. The thing is, Loki has never met him, let alone really seen him, until now.

Naturally, Loki made a fuss about this new stranger looking over our fence.

For some reason that I am still trying to make out, he didn’t go completely over threshold. I was able to distract him with his new Jolly Ball!

We spoke for quite some time and almost every time Loki threatened to hit his threshold, I was able to get him to play with his ball. Two times, our neighbor lifted his small dog, a Mini Dachshund who is also reactive, to see Loki.

Loki did not freak out until his small dog hit threshold. 

He also lifted his Border Collie to see him. However, Loki has had a lot of practice barking at her and went straight to barking this time. It was the only time that I could not immediately distract him.

In all, we probably chatted for at least half an hour. It was a huge success, relatively. I’ll take it!


Waiting For The Doorbell

I’m waiting for the doorbell to chime…

… I know people are coming to my door to pick something up today. I don’t know when, but they will be here. So, I’m spending my morning freaking out.

I have my treat bag ready and my clicker ready.

However, the anticipation of a dog crazy barking at the strangers is getting to me. I’m down one hand after having surgery on my wrist so, I picture me trying to get the door, keep Loki away from the door, and do my positive reinforcement with just one arm. The image isn’t pretty and I’m having a hard time seeing it go nicely instead.

How do I keep from sabotaging a training opportunity with my own fears?

Welcome =•)

Welcome to our new blog about our journey to healing the beast within. This is a story about a woman and a dog working to overcome their trust issues together. Our first post will arrive soon. Thanks for stopping by.

Loki & Sally