Today has been a very challenging day for Daphne. Monday’s are always a bit of a struggle because that scary vacuum cleaner comes out. To add to that we had some noisy workmen come to fix a broken window and a delivery man arrive at the same time. Boom! Too much noise, too much stimulation, too much arousal, she’s just plain cooked. What a lot of owners don’t realise is that stimulation, whether from good or bad things, adds up. When our dogs hit the point where they can’t take anymore, they over react to normal, everyday things that usually wouldn’t be an issue. On top of this, it can take up to 72 hours for them to recover from too much stimulation - that’s 3 days! So tonight, tomorrow, and possibly the next day, we will be closely managing Daphne’s activities to ensure she’s only engaging in low arousal training like slow feeding or boundaries, that she gets plenty of calming activities like chew toys and licki mats, that she has plenty of rest, and most importantly for the sake of all our girls, we won’t be letting her play. She’s only just started to enjoy playing with Pickle and we don’t want her to overreact to, what would normally be fun play, with aggression. Us taking responsibility for managing her energy is really important, but it’s important for every dog owner. Do you know how your dog behaves when they’ve had too much stimulation? You might be putting it down to them just being hyperactive or naughty... 🤔 .
It’s Sunday so let’s have a little bit of fun with our training. #thecrimescenechallenge isn’t easy for your pet, it asks for a lot of self control - I know I couldn’t just lie there with someone surrounding me with chocolates! We’d love to see your successes and your fails. Post it on IG or FB and don’t forget to tag us in it!
We challenge @lokithefoxredlab@oxfordpetwhisperers@anita_dowe@littlelenwardthechihuahua
And don’t forget to have a delicious, high value reward ready for your dog because this is a tough challenge!