11-02-2010, 10:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Tess
He sounds like a candidate for counter conditioning therapy. Do you know anything about that type of training? There are some real experts here on this. The basic idea is you gradually work the dog with rewards. So for example in your situation you would use a clicker and treat system and reward for the dog going near the front door, then stepping to the threshold, then slightly out the door, etc.
That's pretty much how you would condition it. Click-treat a bunch for standing however far away from the door he needs to be while he's calm. If he's calm at that distance, get closer. Click-treat a bunch more for being calm. If he's calm with the door shut, open the door. Click-treat click-treat for being calm. Etc. etc. It could be a quick fix or take a few days/weeks, just make sure you're only click-treating for him below threshold (calm behavior). If he gets too worked up, go back a step.
As far as being scared outside, it's the same concept. Take the dog outside and click-treat for looking at different things/noises but not getting worked up. You don't actually need to go anywhere. I used to click-treat my rescue standing in my cul-de-sac for anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on who was around (if more people were around, we did more conditioning; less people, more actual walking).
Welcome and good luck. We do have experts on here, so I'm sure you'll get more feedback.
Last edited by seebrown; 11-02-2010 at 10:28 PM.
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