When you feel emotional, are you at your best? Do you make good decisions? It’s the same for our dogs. We’re talking about the emotions dogs experience and what happens when a dog gets too emotional to respond.
In the episode you'll hear:
- A story from my past that is still vivid about the fear that had me running.
- What happens to our physiological system when we are afraid.
- The emotional capabilities of dogs.
- How dogs don't feel guilt or spite.
- About the cycles of emotions our dogs experience.
- The changes our dogs go through when they are afraid or overexcited.
- What happen when dogs red line.
- Why dogs can't listen when their emotions paralyze them.
- How it's not up to us to decide what triggers fear.
- What to do when your dog's emotions mean they cannot respond.
- About T.A.R. (Too Aroused to Respond) and dogs.
- Why to believe your dog so you can build a relationship of trust.
My dog is afraid of cars, golf cars and bikes. He literally starts squealing. He is a 15mo heeler. If I see something coming- I try to get 25’ away from the road- but still goes insane. How do I help him?
I’m feelingstuck in a loop when dealing with Agility class. or overall training with her . Kicki is so overly aroushed ( viciously barking with attemps to nipping which actualy lead to a puncture wound in my arm). Not just at the starting line but also if I want to pick up some speen.. I fell frustration last training for I feel i am constanly looking for ways ( for over 2 years) in which I look and search for any way of improvement , but to no avail. Currently ‘NO comes up as my consent feeling as ‘frustration ‘ starts kicking in
. I felt sad and i almost bursted into tears. it is so hard for me . I badly wish to reach our comfort zone in which we both would feel at ease..Any advise would be welcome..
I just have to say I love the comment about the dog doing the best they can with what he knows. It makes me laugh because I have very “emotionally charged” children and this is almost exactly the same idea that Dr. Ross Greene uses in his Explosive Child book. “Children do well if they can” It makes me laugh because I’m finding so many parallels in raising my dogs to raising my children.
I see the redlining fear in my 5 yr old Boxer with any thing new, but especially if an unknown male walks by. Most of the time I can move her away from the problem, but I haven’t seen this issue getting better as far as her able to relax or ignore the situation..any other ideas?
My Miniature Poodle reacts by pulling and screaming when we see another dog when we are out walking and he can’t respond to anything I say. He seems to be able to gradually settle if I pick him up and carry him a short distance. I’ve hoped this is the best way of reassuring him at the time and I’m trying to build his ability to cope by taking him to a park entrance where he can see dogs at a distance and he can remain calmer and listen to me. I’m hoping I’ve got this right for him.
I recognise my dog gets over threshold when he sees another local dog in our local environment. I try to take him out of the situation as soon as I can/see it. If I just keep on playing the games you’ve mentioned, will this help – or should I be looking to do something else that will help him cope with local dogs? I love all your podcasts and keep listening to as many as I can. Thank you in advance.
Can you share what you did to help This! Feel better about meeting other dogs?