clover has some fear issues when it comes to people that he doesn't know and we've been working on counter conditioning pretty much since the day i got him. i have so far made the mistake of being lax with the counter conditioning bc he had improved to a point where he seemed comfortable to me, and then learned that he was not actually comfortable and had to start over
i move too fast sometimes! anyway, since i learned my lesson from that i have been very careful not to repeat the mistake and i now make myself go over board with the treats even if clover seems comfortable. we have had a lot of success so far, we can now approach almost any stranger outside of the house and instead of ducking away, clover walks up to people wagging his tail and happily waiting for a cookie
he got a bit spooked by someone carrying a big tripod w a camera on it, but he didn't freak out, just went around him to say hello to others in the group.
in the house is a different story but we have seen improvement here as well. yesterday he was in the house w my roommate, alone, and accepted treats from her for the first time (up until this point he would wait for her to be out of sight to eat them)
because i have a tendency to push too hard, what would you all say is the threshold for a dog like this?
forgive me if i am wording this funny but what i mean is i don't want to push too hard so when would you say the dog is telling me he has had enough?
last night we had a friend visit from out of town, who is male (clover's problems w people are almost exclusively w men) clover just loved him, he even asked for really intense massage/petting and responded to commands for sit, down, shake etc. more people came over, clover had met this friend and his girlfriend a few times already and again really responded well, showing all signs that he wanted pets. as the evening progressed a few more people came over. of course we were having some beer and everyone was excited bc we hadn't seen one another in a bit, but clover did really well, though at this point he was no longer interested in petting and i didn't allow the new visitors to get too friendly w him (it is next to impossible to convince people that the dog doesn't want you to pet him, but my friends respected my request even though i could tell they thought i was crazy
) clover accepted treats from each of the visitors when i told him to "go say hi" then came back to me. i put him in a "down stay" next to me on the floor and gave him a steady supply of treats and praise while everyone was hanging out. he did well for a while though i could tell he was still a bit anxious.
then some of the guys got excited about some story they were sharing and started yelling and giving high 5s and that was the deal breaker for clover, his head popped up and he started growling, nothing intense just a warning that he didn't like what they were doing but i didn't want to push too much so i called it quits then and there. clover actually seem reluctant to leave the group....
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