What a juicy topic! Since I’m the weirdo that loves working with obstinate, unruly, completely rowdy puppies and canine “teenagers,” I’ve learned some great methods over the years of managing “crazy” and teaching dogs how to self-regulate. In other words, I like the challenge of going from up-your-nose to settles-on-his-own. And today, I’m happy to share some of these tidbits with you.
What It Looks Like
First of all, what does it look like when your dog “loses his s**t?” In dog training terms, we call this going over threshold. This can mean anxiety, fear, or even just arousal and excitement. It applies to a whole variety of different situations, depending on your dog’s triggers, but generally looks like this:
Completely obsessively focused on some sort of stimulus (dog, person, truck, skateboard, squirrel)
Straining on the leash or racing through the house
Ignoring you, not listening, oblivious to your attempts to get his attention back
Barking. Lots of barking. Whining. Noises of all sorts. Some noises you’ve never heard a dog make before. Screeching. Growling. Mewling.