02-22-2018, 01:26 AM
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"She ticked all the behaviour boxes? All the other dogs where barking, she was shut down, scared". < right there, is the clue. Something is wrong here.
Others may of walked away, you did not. And you've bought in a trainer. Brilliant start.
This stuff takes time. You know that and its seems daunting. But you are a battler, your shift pattern tells me that! So giving up, is unlikely to be possible. Though darn tempting!
A vet consult, re her levels of anxiety to discuss medical options that will calm her, so that learning can occur. And the time that you can put in training her, will be maximized in its results.
She's a terrier (mix) so her nose is likely to be good. Can she 'find' her dinner, scattered around the garden?
Can she find which tennis ball cut in half laid down, her treat is under?
Find which cushion, her toy is under?
CAN SHE HUNT? When searching, does she air scent? or is her nose on floor. Then consider tracking. Dead easy to learn how, and Foot step tracking is done in slow motion. great treatment for anxiety. As the dogs mood is altered in tracking.
Whilst you play, put some dog program on tv, sound down. That's where i would start. And get her relaxed, at home, with dogs in view on tv.
Then write a hierarchy of stressful for her situations.
Start with easiest. Play, engage, dont bother so much about 'walking' just muck about with the dog, tack a hand towl and play tug of war. See if you can play where she can see a dog coming clearly, but it wont pass too close.
At some point, you are going to need calm, sociable dogs to help you. Your trainer should be able to arrange this lesson.
Its a slow path, needs constant practice.