Transitions can be quite the challenge for dogs.
They have to get used to new place, new smells and even new neighbors (2 and 4 legged ones).
Transitions don’t have to give you or dogs a headache.
When your dog sees you as the safe haven and can rely on you to show them the way, you can give your dog space and let them make choices.
You can give them the opportunity to engage when they want to or take a break when needed.
Even for sensitive dogs like Jack, he’s learned through a well established reinforcement history of greeting and getting to know other dogs while at the same time making the choice of checking in with me and coming back to me.
Engagement and disengagement is part of his behavior pattern and no cueing the behavior is even needed.
He returns to me because I bring the good stuff.
As for Bernie, he enjoys his time away from other dogs, but I’ll still reward his naturally occurring behavior too!
Do you want to find out how you can encourage your dogs to do things you would like to see more of while having some fun and relaxed time with your dogs?
You can schedule a free Discovery Call with me!