Sep 16th, 2009 by
I just worked with a woman and her dog on a behavioral issue. The dog was running lure races but instead of going for the lure was jumping on the dog who was running next to her. I talked to the dog and found that she really wanted to win and she thought the best way to do that would be to take out the other dog!!! (LOL… OK doesn’t that mean lots of laughs, or does it mean lots of love or does it depend?) Anyway, I explained to the dog that she would have to focus exclusivelyÂ on the lure and told her that the best way to win would be to leave the other dog in the dust. We did a few other things too but mainly just talking to her about this… and… she won in her next race and completely ignored the other dogs. Yahoo!
So this stuff works, it really does. And the behavior change is the proof. Here is another case with a horse and the results from talking with her and working intuitively. The essential ingredient? Talking to them as if they really do understand you the way a person would.
I wanted to give you an update. You had talked with my mare Mya a few months ago.Â She and I are doing much better now. She has been much happier. She is jumping well again and we are having a lot of fun. The trail rides have been great for us. I normally longe her over some jumps that might be scary (they used to be, but now she is a champ over them), then we go on a trail ride, and when we get back we take a few minutes to plop over a few jumps together. She has been a blast to ride and over the weekend I was even able to cinch her up with her ears forward for the first time in a few years. The clicker really worked for the cinching and jumping. We had a heart to heart talk about her thinking that I justÂ wanted to impress people. I let her know that I did not care if they were impressed and that last year I did not even take one ribbon home even when she was reserve champion. That all I wanted was to enjoy our rides. I told her that I pulled her from the one show and took her mom because I knew that even though her mom would not place as well I would be able to have fun with her and she would not refuse any jumps. After that talk she really seemed to start to change and I really feel as if I have my happy horse back. We just got back from a horse show and although she did not place as well as last year it did not matter because she had really nice courses, was happy (even in the flat classes where she normally pins her Â ears), and we had a lot of fun. Thanks for your help.
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