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we will dance in- the ring without- words
|Barked: Wed Jan 16, '13 6:17am PST |
|Create a least rewarding scenario. If she growls, give a second (so as not to reinforce the growling) and ask her to do something she loves to do that CAN be rewarded.
For example, you ask her to get off the bed. She refuses to comply and growls. Wait. Then ask for a hand target (that has been previously taught and heavily reinforced). Win/win.
In fact, ask for the hand target in the first place rather than for something that has caused her to growl before.
I know that when I first got Ash, moving him from point A to point B physically would create a confrontational situation. He liked to hide under tables and beds and would not come out. trying to GET him out could result in a bite.
I classically conditioned his name with a game we (at Great Companions) call Stuff-a-dog and taught him a hand target. Within 3 days of doing my "homework" with Ash (which was all fun), I could call him out from under anything and move him from A to B with a hand target. No need for confrontation or forcing him to do anything at all.
Ask her once, and if she doesn't comply then without drama just pick the lead up and lead her down. That just puts an end to the contest of wills right there, without really escalating the tension.
BTW, that does not put an end to the contest of wills. You would just be forcing your dog to do something she was not willing to do on her own. Personally, I prefer to teach without the use of force.
As to the vet, did you do a CBC or a SNAP?
Edited by author Wed Jan 16, '13 6:20am PST