How do we proceed
Desensitization and Counterconditioning - DSCC
These are two very common treatments, developed by psychologists to treat fears, anxiety, phobias and aggression – essentially any behavioural problem involving excitement or emotional reaction.
They are effective but complex. As far as animals concern, it consists of a patient training several times a day, a carefully planned, small steps progress.
It usually takes several months before results can be observed.
Its purpose is to eliminate or reduce the exaggerated emotional reactions, that an animal feels for something specific, other animals, kinds of people (like children or men in uniform, hats, umbrellas, bikes or cars etc), certain places or events, or specific noises.
The process of recondition, re-educate the animal in order to have a pleasant feeling and a normal reaction, to something he previously feared or did not like.
My approaching method is punishment/negation-free, the word “no” means nothing to the dog, apart from being emotionally charged.
Moreover it doesn’t teach him what to do, therefore we have to be clear with our demands, the “no” needs to be replaced by a specific cue.
Dogs have a consecutive way of learning, first of all they read our body language and secondary they listen to us, therefore we have to be synchronised – body and verbal cues – in order to simplify our inter-communication.
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