Week Two with Lola: Overcoming Triggers
The vacuum has been the dogs' nemesis for as far back as we've been using them. Turning it on usually triggers a fear based response which can result in either a fight or flight behaviour. In Lola's case, the response was usually fight -- attacking the vacuum quite intensely (even Baby used to do this). Bunny, my Doberman, would have normally bolted from the scene, true to flight behaviour.
My goal is to always have the dogs submit to sounds that they once reacted to. As you'll see in the video, the gang is totally fine with the ritual of vacuuming -- a daily activity that we practice. It's become part of their routine, so sounds that once evoked an intense reaction, now create submissive behaviour.
Living in a condo is a reality for many dog owners. Condo life can trigger unwanted, and what may seems like, unexpected behaviours (i.e. lunging, barking, and high levels of energy). Taking the time to create a relaxed and "follower" state of mind can promote good behaviour. Condo hallways and elevator rides were once a nightmare for her owners (read about it here), but you'll see, in this next video, how we helped her achieve balance.
You'll see how I leave my house, along with a great example of how dogs should behave during the process. This behaviour will transfer to the "outside world" as well.
And here are some fun shots of Lola's last week with us: