Saturday, November 19, 2011
Day 1 & 2 -- Meet the crew
He was very excited to meet all the people in the store. They are all very nice and come bearing tasty, healthy treats. Perfect for socialization! The other dogs in the store were pretty distracting to him so there were times when I had to get distance between us and the other dogs in order to get his attention. So I used distance and I increased the rate of reinforcement when he was paying attention to me. I made sure I had good, smelly treats and I would reward him more frequently for eye contact. It didn't take long before he was being really attentive in the store. The photo was taken at the end of our visit. He started panting a bit which indicated to me he was starting to get a little stressed. It's a good time to end the session at that point. A little stress is ok but you don't want to go much further than that.