Crazy dogs are often misjudged, much maligned and blamed for their crazy ways but that very crazy behaviour is more than likely associated with high arousal (emotional excitement), difficulty to cope with frustration and poor stress-control skills.
How might you identify a crazy dog?
The crazy dog comes in many forms, but in general these dogs have trouble with bringing themselves down after getting wound up; they might :
- show reactive behaviour on lead or in confinement – barking, lunging, growling toward triggers such as other dogs, cyclists, other people
- show attention seeking behaviour and/or bark excessively
- have difficulty settling
- have difficulty focusing
- jump up
- pull on lead
- be excitable
- be destructive
- show frustration related behaviour such as pulling on lead, grabbing, vocalising when they want something
- dislike confinement or being left alone
The crazy behaviour itself isn’t really the full issue, it’s more that the dog has trouble bringing themselves down from this high and often this manifests in over the top behaviour.
These are my favourite dogs to work with (and live with…ahem…Decker…) because they offer lots of behaviour (lots of crazy behaviour) and are just begging to be shown which ones are more appropriate.
Crazy to Calm Training Class
This training course is perfect for those crazy dogs, and their humans but also for dogs:
- who are expected to cope with pretty exciting environments such as dogs who attend shows and competitions, dogs who assist their humans or dogs who attend work with their humans
- who have spent time in a kennel environment such as a shelter
- who are working through a training or behaviour modification program to help with reactive or stress-related behaviour
Crazy to Calm class will help you to:
- prevent crazy behaviour by giving the humans a better understanding of their dog’s behaviour
- manage crazy behaviour by helping your dog develop better focus skills and improved on-leash behaviour
- tackle the underlying causes of crazy behaviour by working on self-calming skills
We will do this through lots of games, using a high rate of reward with food rewards, interaction with their human, toys & play.
We will not be suppressing crazy behaviour, as is so often the approach, but instead building more appropriate behaviour, while helping your dog learn to cope with excitement better – giving you both tools to harness that crazy into focus, fun and engagement.
- 10 class course starting soon, Thursday evenings 7-8.30pm
- 4 dog/handler teams
- each class is 90 minutes
- costs €250
You will have access to course online area where videos and homework exercises, along with comprehensive course manual, will be available so that you and your dog can practice at home and where you really need these developing skills.
You will need:
- your dog!
- your dog’s flat collar and regular lead
- a range of food rewards of different values to your dog
- tug toys – a longer one and a shorter hand-held one
- specific mat or blanket (just for classwork)
- a jacket or top with pockets to hold rewards (rather than a treat pouch)
- optional: flirt pole
- optional: a crate, at home
Course content includes:
- human training
- tools for managing your dog in class and crazy situations
- settling & self-calming
- focus & engagement
- release cues
- patience & frustration control
- targeting and applications
- handling comfort & restraint
- on-leash responsiveness & behaviour
- focus points
- body awareness
- confinement training & Crate Games
- escape & emergency cues
- play & rollercoaster games
- appropriate application of enrichment
- counterconditioning & trigger work