Sometimes, it can be difficult dealing with dogs that have such behaviour issues. But Jackie Murphy G.Dip ABM/A.Dip CBM/MISAP (beh)/MEST (QTLS)/TCBTS/ABTC Registers for Accredited Animal Behaviourist and Animal Trainer Instructor shares her tips to help you and your dog in improving this.
This type of case needs professional advice and support. It is essential for the dog to be properly assessed and to have a bespoke plan agreed to help modify the unwanted behaviours, as well as any underlying fears or anxiety. You may get a professional evaluation and plan by contacting your local member of the Canine Behaviour & Training Society. The Society has Accredited Animal Behaviourists and Animal Behaviour Technicians registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. This provides reassurance that you will get knowledgeable and professional help.
In the interim period, it is very important that the dog in question is not placed in situations where she/he feels she/he has to react in any way. Give them plenty of space and avoid situations where they have to face visitors head on. Also ask visitors to ignore the dog and even avoid eye contact, which will help them to settle more quickly.
It is also very important to avoid any use of corrector sprays, rattle bottle or other forms of aversive equipment. If this dog is already worried about people arriving, using this type of spray etc will only lead to more negative associations and generally make the behaviour worse. Such methods often cause addition concern and possible distress to the dog.
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