Mistake #6: “I’ve already tried everything”
When living with a reactive dog, it can feel frustrating to try several things and nothing works or only gives you minimal improvement. It can also be overwhelming as the internet is full of contradicting advice. Who wants to wade through all the YouTube videos of professional trainers disagreeing…no one.
You might have tried walking with a special collar or harness, shoving treats in front of your dog’s face, asking them to sit when they encounter a trigger, running in the opposite direction when you spot a bicycle and and and…
I hope it is relieving to know you have not tried everything. If you haven’t focused on emotional training with a clear strategy and a holistic approach or you have tried to react to outbursts instead of working on preventing them through emotional transformation, then there is a wonderful training strategy waiting for you. Your dog can change. Our S.O.A.R skillset, looking beyond obedience as the solution and understanding your Aussie will all help you finally have a dog who is calmer, doesn’t go crazy when seeing triggers and will actually be responsive!