I had an interesting client last week. These people had a very fine lab that I had worked with before for various issues and have always been quite pleased with it.
The issue was that in the past this pup had ‘eaten’ a couple of the family birds, and had been corrected (as it should have been) to the point that it was now scared of any bird in the house. She was fine with birds outside but in the house, not so much. In any case a new Solomon Island Eclectus arrived in the home two weeks ago and I was called to work on the fear issues.
When working on something like this the basic starting point is plain old behavior modification and desensitization works. Getting the dog to ‘do it’s commands’ when it gets nervous is a fabulous way to start.
So, after about 5 days of training here is the note from the owners:
“We all seem to be getting along! ”
Mission accomplished for the dog trainer.