How we helped Shane find his confidence
We helped Shane by training him to avoid becoming upset and distracted by other dogs. When out on his walks, he would often freeze and stare at other dogs. But by keeping him at a safe distance, we allowed him to look without feeling like he needed to lunge or bark at them. To encourage him to keep walking and ignore distractions, we tried lots of different tactics. Eventually, our brilliant dog handler Emma tried squeezy cheese as a treat to reinforce calm behaviour, which worked like a charm. Squeezy cheese is a long-lasting and high-value reward that’s great for training dogs like Shane, but it’s high in calories so we were careful to not give him too much.