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  • Writer's pictureDonna O'Keeffe

Don't Pull That Trigger...

Trigger Stacking....Do you know what this means? Any dog can have triggers that stack up. The diagram above explains this perfectly.

Starting from block one in green. A trip to the vets, after you leave the vets a second trigger in a short space of time without a break is introduced. This is yellow block two, a digger. This is now two triggers that are starting to stack up in your dogs mind. Add block three in blue, a storm, this is a third trigger, all of these together in a short space of time without any breaks to destress your dog can take a dog over its threshold. This is the block in red. The fourth and final trigger... a stranger going to pet your dog, its on a lead therefore flight is out of the question....this leaves fight, your dog now reacts by biting.

Make sure you know your dogs body language and triggers on a journey. This way you will have a well balanced and happy dog.

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This is a great piece on e-collars and force. Force and punishment are never the option to go to, with stress and fear dogs no longer have the option to learn, with positive training they flourish!


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