Friday, May 27, 2016

Lucky Dogs: One Step at a Time!

Well behaved Cairns are the result of patient and positive training, one step at a time.
Working with Rescued Cairns, we encounter a range of issues, but separation anxiety is one of the big ones.  Here is a link to an episode of Lucky Dog, the CBS program that features Brandon McMillan, a Los Angeles based animal trainer who's stated mission is "to rescue hard-to-love, out-of control, untrained and unadoptable dogs" and rehabilitate and train them so they can be successfully adopted.

In this episode, Brandon highlights the common thread that all training must be positive and step-by-step and, at about the half-way point, he shows how he worked with a Poodle-mix to overcome a severe case of separation anxiety.  It is particularly interesting because he uses an anti-anxiety shirt, but he adds the element of scent - very much like Col. Potter Matchmakers advise adoptive homes when preparing a Cairn for their day of adoption and introduction to their new home.  To help ease anxiety, your scent could be added to a Thundershirt, but it could also be added to a baby T-shirt or other garment you already have for your dog.

Something to think about!

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