During his first week of Training Camp, Sammy was very nervous of anyone touching him, even Kersti. Through his stay, he started to get much more confident and relaxed, which in turn lead to good things like being invited up on the couch. Since Sammy feels much more powerful when he makes himself bigger, he would try to hop up on the couch to become big and scary. Instead of letting him escalate to that level of excitement, Kersti would interrupt him. Sammy can hop on the couch under two conditions: if someone invites him and he's in a calm state of mind. This keeps him from abusing couch privileges, reinforces calm, and keeps him checking in
with his people.
Seeing Sammy learn how to let his guard down and enjoy being a dog is a wonderful part of our Training Camp program. We can’t wait for Sammy to take it all home and continue moving in a positive direction.