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Jul 17, 2011 8:37 AM CST
Name: Lance Gardner
coastal plain Virginia
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The earthquake situation is challenging on top of the other challenges. I once helped a person with a dog that hated to go into the car. I typically do not use treats, but in this instance I used them for encouragement to overcome his aversion to getting into the vehicle on his own. I put a treat on the car seat, but that was too far away. I then moved it to the very edge of inside the car. He smelled it and grabbed it with encouragement. I moved the next one a little further in. After about 4-5 tries, he jumped on the back seat of his own accord. A similar method may work for your dog, encouraging him with whatever is tempting and rewarding for his own disposition. Lynn recommends no treats, but in this case it might be the motivation he needs, along with lots of positive encouragement, to start overcoming his fear and crawl out at least a little. The other option is to just let it happen, and when he comes out on his own, then provide a little attention.
Lynn is very correct (of course) in regards to the perception of rewarding bad behavior. So many people pet and 'console' their dog when they either show aggression or fear, or both, which only serves to reward and reinforce the behavior. I must say the same thing happens with many children, as well - bad behavior is rewarded by consoling instead of correcting.
Your extra foot idea sounds very interesting. How do you make your own silicone shapes? That could come in handy for many projects.
Here is an article I wrote a while ago on crates and training: http://cubits.org/Dogs/articles/view/293/
Now that I have re-read it, I realize I wrote this article in haste, but the information I think is all there. One day Hilarious! I will fix it up a bit better.
Keep us updated.
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