In episode 60, Sean responds to a question from some listeners about how prevent over excitement when your dog approaches and meets other dogs on a walk.  Sean gives you a two-step game plan in this week’s homework to teach your dog to have perpetual awareness of you and settle in their nervous system when seeing and meeting with other dogs.

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In this session:

Should I have my dog sit, down, or give me eye contact when they get excited about another dog?

What’s the core skill that makes any dog a good dog?

What are the two body language skills that tell you that your dog is still mentally with you?

Details In this Session

People United for Pets (P.U.P. Dog Rescue)

Rescue Dog of the Week:

Here’s Huckleberry’s page:

Interview with the Director of PUP Dog Rescue:

If you’d like to know more about PUP Dog Rescue and more about how to find a good rescue organization, as well as get some tips about picking a good rescue dog for you, here’s my interview with Laura Tonkin (She’s the Director of PUP Dog Rescue)



Meeting other dogs

Phase 1:  approach and retreat:  this section has two goals for your dog:

  1. Stay mentally aware of me
  2. Govern your nervous system when there’s distraction around

Phase 2: The meeting

  1. Have your dog on a short BUT LOOSE leash
  2. Make the meeting short
  • Verbally cue your dog away with a “let’s go” (rather than just giving a little leash pop alone)

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