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Here is what we learned:
- Hailey is at the age where she can develop separation anxiety (which she doesn't have) or have anxiety get worse.
- It is possible she will never get over her fear of kids
- She should be on leash/gentle lead/in her crate when kids are around to prevent aggression
- Socialization for dogs is most important between the ages of about 3-12 weeks. It is the experiences in this time and her genetics that have resulted in who she is.
- The Man and the Lady experience her anxiety differently and want different solutions (expect we both agree that drugs are the LAST resort. We really don't want to drug her. Please note, this is not a judgement on other people's decision to use drugs. It is our preference with our current experience.)
The things we are doing right that will help:
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- She is well trained
- We realize she has a problem
- We have given her quiet places to go when she is stressed.
- We use reinforcement procedures and not punishment.
The short term plan:
- As much as possible for the next few weeks we are to avoid situations that make her anxious. [There are some things we just can't control . . . but we will do our best]
- We are going to teach her to "relax" and work on getting her to stay in the relaxed position for increasing lengths of time without anxiety producing stimuli around.
- We are going to do some research into a gentle lead (Lady likes the idea of this, Man not so much).
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Last night we got home around 9, and started work on relax. We had done this years ago with her (I had forgotten), so she remembered it. She is going to get it quickly.
We have a phone follow up next week and one a couple weeks after.
Do any of you have experience with the gentle lead? Your thoughts on this would be appreciated.