Case Study: Milly the Bichon Frise

Milly is a lovely little 4 year old Bichon Frise who has had very little experience off lead. She can be nervous around some dogs, and she needs a bit of help with this.

Milly’s profile:

  • Reactive to some dogs when approached (shows teeth and growls when other dogs come too close).
  • Little to no experience off lead, so needs support with recall training.

When you’re trying to teach recall to a reactive dog (or any kind of focus training for that matter!), distance is really important. Distance can be used as a way of managing your dog’s anxiety or discomfort, and in most cases, you’ll need to try and work out at what distance to the trigger your dog feels comfortable. Once you know, you can train at this distance, and when your dog has mastered the skill, you can gradually decrease the distance over time.

Milly will be working on her recall on a long line at a distance to other dogs, as well as in the garden to start with. We can’t wait to hear how she gets on!

Does Milly’s case sound familiar? Get in touch here and we’ll be in touch.

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