Prozac Puppy’s Progress

11/3/2006


 


PROZAC PUPPY’S PROGRESS


 


For several days, QB has had enough self-control to calm himself with the sound of my voice alone.  Treats are helpful in extreme situations but when QB is presented with ordinary stimuli such as Halloween decorations or newspapers wrapped in plastic, I can calm him by speaking to him in a soothing tone and turning away from the stimulus.  I have even been able to “convince” him to lose interest in other dogs using the soothing technique.  When it comes to pedestrians I generally use treats because I don’t want to take any chances on QB biting, but it seems that the biting stage is over at last!  I also use treats when trucks pass, because QB can’t seem to stay in control around them.  Like a soft voice, treats have a calming effect, especially when used repeatedly.

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