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06/11/19 04:50 PM
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As some of you know I have had some issues with Kody. He's had these extreme fear reactions which just got worse with the passing of Eli. I was working my way thru all the things that I could do to help him. I ignored the behavior, I tried to make fun of things, I tried and tried but he seemed to be getting worse. The last two things that I tried really seemed to help. By the way, I would never stop trying different things to help my pups until I found what worked.

First I tethered him to me. I had the leash around my arm and he followed me everywhere I went. I'd reward positive behavior and as soon as he started in a fear state I would give him a command to refocus his attention (Sit, Stay, etc.) and it worked. I was able to snap him out of it. In no time I removed the leash but kept up with the commands and sure enough, it continued to work groovy Every time I'd see him loose confidence I was right there to build it up.

The bond between us has never been stronger. As far as the leash aggression, he's done really well with this. Usually he will ignore other dogs but every once in a while he barks, it's really not an out of control barking and he no longer lunges in their direction.

I am just so proud of my boy. We both look forward to our one on one time. He sleeps on the bed with me at night which is exactly where I want my dogs to be. I know some don't agree, but I want my dogs in bed with me at night.

I learning more and more about him which is always fun. I set up an obstacle course in my front yard and he loves doing great on that. I pet him under his chin to build confidence. In the evening he always joins us for family time instead of going to the safety of his crate happyboogie I'm learning more and more about his silly sense of humor and I love that and I love him. He is just amazing. My boy might not yet have nerves of steel, but he has a heart of gold wub


Rosa

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and never to be forgotten, Shiloh, Shoshi and Eli
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
Re: I'm ready to brag [Re: Shilohsmom] #350802
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Kody needs a strong leader without Eli, he was lost. You are now the leader he needs, keep up the good work.


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Re: I'm ready to brag [Re: Shilohsmom] #350803
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This is awesome news! And you are also setting a great example for others to follow, like myself. I am sure Kody is gaining the confidence he needs with your leadership and will be able to continue to be successful! Terrific job to you both!


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Re: I'm ready to brag [Re: Zisso] #350805
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Thank you both so much. It really had been some of my most rewarding work ever. Just watching him grow and develop confidence and feel safe, its just priceless.


Rosa

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and never to be forgotten, Shiloh, Shoshi and Eli
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Re: I'm ready to brag [Re: Shilohsmom] #350820
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That is wonderful, Rosa. I am so happy for you and Kody!! thumbup


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Re: I'm ready to brag [Re: Shilohsmom] #350825
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I'm so glad to hear that your work at understanding Kody's character has succeeded so well for the two of you. Between Sasha's healing and Kody's growing confidence this shapes up as a great summer for all of you (knock wood).

thanks for the good news,
MJ

Re: I'm ready to brag [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #350828
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Originally Posted by Wisc.Tiger_Val
Kody needs a strong leader without Eli, he was lost. You are now the leader he needs, keep up the good work.


Ditto, I couldn't agree more! thumbup Great news for both Kody and you.


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Re: I'm ready to brag [Re: SeanRescueMom] #350834
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Thanks for everyones support and encouragement.


Rosa

Proud Mom to Kody and Sasha
and never to be forgotten, Shiloh, Shoshi and Eli
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
Re: I'm ready to brag [Re: Shilohsmom] #350867
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Well done! Good boy!


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