Video 1: (1:04) I was filming for another reason, but we came across this guy. Garmin has always been reactive, but this was the first time we’ve encountered a leaf blower on our walk. You can see he’s hyper focused, is vocalizing some and is having a very hard time disengaging. He does but he has some moments where it was tough. Because I was filming, I didn’t reward the way I should and any over reacting is my fault as a handler because I pushed his boundaries. I normally would not, but I trust him to tell me when he’s REALLY done. If you notice, he is still able to focus on me. He's still able to think, but if we got much closer, he would not have been able to.
Instead, think about teaching your dog the skills needed to cope and recover. Garmin has been taught HOW to recover. And I have given him the freedom to make choices on walks that benefit him. Trust your dog. Listen to you dog. And remember that perfect doesn't exist--so stop seeking perfection. Instead, focus on perception.
Until next time!