Experiencing the Wonderdogs Professional Training Program
I trained Jeff & Sara Appelt’s dog, Scout, a young Shepherd/Lab mix.
He turned out to be the star of the class, quickly learning each new behaviour.
New/scary environment for Scout – I’m learning to watch body language & signals of stress while keeping a ‘loose leash.’
Observe the progression as Scout meets a goat and playful puppy.
Notice his head held low, slinking posture, ears down, warning growl, looks to me for approval/support as puppy grabs his leash.
No reaction from me gives him confidence to accept the puppy as harmless, sniffs ground as to look away to avoid eye contact (a threatening behaviour), licks his lip as a calming signal.
Working with different breeds
Graduation Ceremony with Ben Kersen