That’s how long it took to convince an anxious dog to switch to a calm mindset.
Nearly 2 and a half days of structure, Place commands and Tether time and this past half hour is the first that my student has not been squeaking, shaking, pacing or panting.
How long he keeps the mindset and what triggers him back to his anxiety are yet to be seen. It will take another 500plus hours or 18.5 days before he’s solid with this new calm mindset. He will need coping skills for his anxiety triggers and training to live in this crazy anxiety provoking world around him.
My student is a good boy. He’s young. He has energy for days (evidenced by how long it took to change his brain). He’s adored by his family and he is imprinting my heart with his one goofy ear and white toe tips. He likes to dart out door ways. Jumping on humans is his way of greeting. He’s on the front lines of squirrel guarding. Squeaking and whimpering in his crate when he’s lonely is a common pass time. Chewing on things is his form of therapy. Lunging on leash is how he chooses to exercise both himself and his people. Okay, he’s a sweet boy, but he’s a hot mess!
Why do I need to condition him to be calm? There are so many behavior issues to address, why is combating anxiety my first step?
Because his anxiety is destroying him. Anxiety reeks havoc on our pets very much like it does human beings. The brain cannot think and function to learn new skills if it is riddled with anxiety. The body cannot properly digest or operate if anxiety is the driving force behind the heart rate, the breathing patterns… the shaking/jittery movements that compulsively rule with anxiety in charge.
When owners acquire a new dog, visions of obedience, snuggles, off-leash playtime and life altering loyalty dance in their heads. When dogs are acquired, I believe similar visions from their view point play in their dreams too.
What happens when your pup turns out to need more than a 5-6 session course in obedience? At least 80% of them will.
So you, the owner, gets a 2nd round of obedience classes. Then your pup displays anxiety, low impulse control and you’re stuck working full time (or picking up overtime) to pay for training and struggle to get the homework between classes somewhat practiced. You’re trying, but your dreams are fading from fatigue and guilt.
Resentment starts to dance with unearned affection and rewards due to guilt, while the pet/owner relationship deteriorates. Mediocrity is accepted but neither party of this relationship is fulfilled.
So how do you fix this?
You call me, you send your project pup to me. I dedicate my life to your dog’s success. I put in the reps, training, hours and days it takes to change your dog’s mind and help them release their fears, anxiety and bad habits.
I spend 21 days (24/7) committed to your pup and I return them to you, the owner, with coping skills, a better understanding of training and communication with the world around them. I also return the hope of your dreams to come true with your pup.
Yes, those visions of off Leash reliability, calm snuggles, solid obedience, enjoyable walks and trust… I can bring the hope back of those dreams coming true.
Why do I need at least 21 days? That’s how long it takes to create new habits and form deeper neurological pathways for learning and calm mindsets. I need to have your dog with me and have the struggles and conversations necessary to break through and build up for success. I’ll spend our days in structure, routine and repetitions that are required for your pup. I have the time you don’t, the education you don’t, the timing, experience and lifestyle that would make no sense for you to even try.
All you have to do is use the training and tools I give you and enjoy your dog!
This is my passion. I want families to be completed by the addition of their pets, not torn or struggling to get by because of them.
So if you’ve found your relationship with Fido needs a new start, or you’re hoping to avoid the above situation with your pup. Please fill out our questionnaire and call Me.