Hundilein wrote:pitbullmamaliz wrote:amalie79 wrote:Your guests can also drop treats (STILL ignoring), or hand treats without making any other acknowledgement that Toby's there.
I would NEVER do this with a fearful dog. The owner needs to be handing treats. Too many dogs are food-motivated enough to come close to get the treat, but then freak out that they're so close.
I have to agree with Liz on this one. I saw it happen with Hannah. Things improved dramatically when she learned to touch people's hands to get treats from me. She had the choice to go near the person if she wanted to, but if she did, she had to come back to me to get her treat. It took the pressure off and made her feel much more comfortable. She's doing much, much better, but we still use this trick to introduce her to new people. Usually after a couple of touches, she starts hanging out near the person longer and solicits petting. But it took literally years to get to that point with her.
amalie79 wrote:I would think that if eye contact or other attention is the trigger, having a person ignore while DROPPING treats doesn't put pressure on the dog if the handler is concerned about actual contact, especially if the DOG is allowed to approach the person or treat and NOT the other way around. It really depends on the dog, I would think. I think that for Robin, having to touch the person's hand for the treat is WAY more pressure than the person dropping it or offering it on an open hand. Having to so directly interact is asking a lot of her.
TheRedQueen wrote:Glad things are looking up...just think, without a roomate, you'll have more time to devote to Toby...without any headaches or worries...
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