Follow Asha’s ute spook desensitisation story…
Desensitisation is an oft used term thrown out there by trainers, behaviourists and people who like jargon (jargoneers?!). What is it though? Don’t worry it is not removing your feeling by trimming nerves! Desensitisation is: a method used to gradually reduce an animal’s response to a stimulus (thing that happens) until that animal remains in a neutral (be like, whatever) emotional state when the stimulus is presented. To do this we gradually expose said animal to increasingly more intense forms of the stimulus while they are relaxed. Note – this is NOT the same as flooding which is exposing an animal to a stress-inducing level of a stimulus all at once and waiting for them to change their behaviour. This be badness and not conductive to healthy brain learning.
Desensitisation makes some room in the brain for relaxed reactions which then allows us to work on making the stimulus (originally ARGH) become YIPPEE! This part is called counter conditioning. You teach or encourage a happy positive response where there was a negative association before.
ANYWAY … wake up, I have stopped with my jargon. My friend up in Nelson works with lots of shelter dogs, private clients and training classes and she has started to do some desensitisation and counter conditioning with her very own dog Asha. Asha has become frightened of their ute but she likes the car. Our friend has also kindly turned it into a helpful learning opportunity for you all and I am going to be sharing her progress and journey with you by providing you with the links to follow her … here’s the first one:
I hope you enjoy watching and learning and this maybe even helps you with your own hound in some way. These videos are also a good one for spotting body language.
- Emergency neck surgery…
- Follow Asha’s ute spook desensitisation story…
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- Reading with Willow 5 Who is afraid?
- Upcoming canine relaxation and massage talk with sessions!
- The icing on the cake…
- Calm it down play boy
- Reading with Willow 4 Teething troubles
- It’s all in the timing …
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- Oamaru Dinner Club talk
- The 5 levels of training
- What’s in a name?
- Reading with Willow 3 Time for a bedtime story
- Health visit in sedation land
- The dangers of electricity as a training tool
- Reading with Willow 2 Check out Kina!
- Look at dogs from a non-doggy person’s point of view
- APDTNZ Conference 2015 – complete canine contentment
- Road dog!
- Reading with Willow 1
- A Canine Friend indeed
- Reading with Willow begins …
- Put the work in at the beginning to achieve your expectations
- Great expectations … … and managing disappointment
- Anxiety – important issue for people and their hounds
- Water water everywhere!
- Congratulations and Thank you to all Dog Summer School participants!!!
- The value of checking in
- Hounding around with some new friends
- Sleep glorious sleep
- Kong power
- Are you having fun?!
- Update on Canine Friends Pet Therapy
- The popular English nanny was right … a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down
- New Year resolutions … jump up and go!
- Happy New Year … resolutions made to be kept
- Dog Summer School – February 2015! … no dog is too cool
- MERRY CHRISTMAS every one!!!
- 12 doggy things of Christmas!
- ‘Tis the season to be jolly …