I’m celebrating Layla and her pet parents today!
They called me because Layla has spent the better portion of 5 years barking and lunging at the TV.
Commercials really rattled her.
The change in sound, pitches, the sudden animal showing up all emotionally flooded her and her pet parents were lost at what to do.
They were struggling with finding outlets in having some peace of mind when they wanted to watch their favorite show.
But more importantly they were heartbroken in knowing how to help Layla feel more comfortable with the tv playing.
Layla alongside her pet parents learned how to do something different.
They were able to teach Layla to make different choices like playing Find It, making the choice to play with her toys, do some puzzle games or even play a little Enagage/Disengage with the tv playing.
These games all made the difference with helping Layla relax when tv shows were on and commercials suddenly appeared.
Her pet parents also have a management practice when they want to watch a show and when they recognize it may be too difficult for Layla, they set her up in her doggie den where she can relax away from the exposure of loud noises or surprising animals showing up on the screen.
Layla has been able to express more choice making and building her confidence through problem solving games and bonding activities like tug of war with her toys.
Layla’s pet parent said it best, “if you’re scared of something, you can’t just get over it in a day. It’ll take time.”
I can’t agree more. Layla is adored by her family and they are laying the ground work to help Layla change her emotional response which they recognize is a marathon not a sprint!
Are you struggling with your dog’s emotional reactions and unsure what to do?