This is not our favourite term, but it's the one which most people use when they describe dogs who struggle around other dogs, people, traffic and so on. Life with dogs who find the outside world stressful can be really hard (whether through fear, frustration or the other emotional states which can cause this) and it is essential, first and foremost to make sure you, your dog and everyone around you is safe. The key to this is not to take your dog into situations they find too difficult, but sometimes life doesn't go to plan and it is also important to be prepared for the unexpected! Here are a few things we find can really help clients (and their canine companions) relax and focus on their walk or their training, rather than worrying so intensely about 'what might happen if......'
- let people know you need more space
- make sure your clicker and treats are easily accessible and that your treats are really high value
- be safe - if you're worried, attach your dog to you using a walking belt and a second lead (there 'just for emergencies')
- teach your dog to wear a muzzle safely and comfortably