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on 23 November 2011
Once I started reading this I realised the huge flaw in the training I had been doing with my reactive rescue border collie. I simply didn't understand what he was saying a lot of the time. Now I feel I can better interpret his body language and what is going inside his very intelligent little head and he gave me that "finally, she gets what I'm on about" look that BCs are so good at.
It's not an instant fix. Especially as for various constraints it's difficult to impossible for me to set up BAT situations, I just have to go with what presents itself. But I finally feel I must be on the right road as the other day not only did he allow me to say bonjour to two men with guns, one with a wriggling dachshund tucked under one arm, he also allowed me to stop and chat about organic gardening with a neighbour who stood really close to us and whose rough collie was wandering about us all the time. Any one of those factors would have sent him into total meltdown before we both learnt a few coping skills.
Huge thanks to UK professional dog trainer and behaviourist Karen Wild who pointed me at the book and has helped and supported me a lot at a distance (I'm in France, she's in UK) at sorting out some of Ci's problems.