What triggers you? What word or phrase that creates that negative emotional response that makes your jaw clench, turns your nerves to static & cause racing responses that smash around in your head like a pin ball machine?
The dog training industry is full of triggers …here are a few: Fur baby, shock collar, e collar, clicker, fear free, balanced training, purely positive training, accountability, no pull harness’s, prong collar...just to name a few
Add any of these words to a dog training face book group and watch the sparks fly.
Here is the kicker though… each one of us has a choice on how to respond to a trigger. We don’t have to get into senseless battles with complete strangers on face book with no results other than raising blood pressure.
We can keep scrolling …enjoy pictures of sunsets and funny memes. We can decide how we want to spend our time on social media.
’what does this have to do with dog training?’…you might ask.
Leash reactivity: this general term that describes dogs barking, lunging, growling and seemingly ‘lose their mind’ at the sight of a trigger. Triggers are generally other dogs, people, cars, bikes, skateboards etc.
Replace that person arguing with strangers on the internet with a dog that blows up at the sight of another dog….and there you have it.
The dog has an emotional response to what they are seeing which creates arousal. Arousal creates the crazy leash behavior. The INTENT of the dog could be aggression, excitement, fear, frustration, but the behavior we see is usually the same.
So how can this behavior be addressed? How can I teach my dog to keep 'scrolling'?