Trainers and trainees took a trip to Unleashed in Stonehenge Market this week. Tracy made sure that Rosco understood the same rules he follows at home apply out in public.
Rosco was unsure about jumping up on the scary bench. Instead of letting him back away and avoid the situation, Tracy encouraged him to face his fear. She put his front two paws on the bench, then lifted the rest of his body up so he made half the effort. Tracy is careful not to pet him or verbally reward his anxious state of mind. Tracy and Rosco stayed on the bench until he relaxed and saw that he would be fine. Watching the other dogs with their trainers also set the example for Rosco, and he knew there was nothing to worry about.
This simple exercise is how you build your dog's confidence and trust that you, their pack leader, will not let anything bad happen to them.
Good job Rosco!