By: Rachel Fein, KPA CTP, CTDI
We decided to put her on a low dose of Prozac. That’s when things finally started to improve. The Prozac made it so Flash had at least a little bit of a threshold. She could see a dog in the distance and not react. This allowed me to start actually working with her and helping her get over her fear. There was finally HOPE. This began the long and bumpy road to recovery.
The first BAT setup went well but we could not get close. The second time I decided to have Flash do some following instead of just approaching the dog. This worked wonderfully. By the end, both dogs were walking next to each other and hanging out. It was an emotional time for me. I cried tears of joy because this is when I knew anything was possible. After that the setups became shorter and shorter. She was finally starting to make some doggy friends.
Last night Flash showed me just how much the hard work has paid off. We sat right outside the agility ring with another dog running and she did not react at all. She was getting a lot of treats but she was earning them by making wonderful choices. Then after class she was hangout in the lobby with another dog. She even said hello a few times. We kept the interactions short but she did wonderfully.
Flash has gone from a dog that couldn’t be within a hundred yards of another dog to a dog that can interact with other dogs. The work is not done yet but she had made huge improvement. We will get past this.