Updated: Nov 15, 2019
Las Vegas professional Dog Trainer Ken J. demonstrates how to de-escalate dog tension with Dodger the German Shephard puppy -- without overcorrecting the dog's excitement. Dodger and Casper are meeting for the first time through the glass door, but guess what... no problem! Both puppies are naturally excited, but Ken shows how your calm guidance can diffuse a potentially nerve-wracking scenario. You can apply the concept here to many situations where a dog is not sure if he is in a dangerous situation or not, relying on your guidance to stay safe and remain calm.
Understanding The Dog's State of Mind: Don't Over Correct Normal Tension. Just be Cool and Move Along...
Understanding your dog's state of mind will help you properly guide it through tense scenarios without making mistakes that escalate unnecessary and unhealthy excitement in your dog.
It's not necessary to over correct your dog or become nervous yourself when a tense situation is presented. (Of course, be mindful of situations where anyone is actually in imminent danger.) But for most normal scenarios that are merely 'exciting' to the dog, in fact, it's better to remain calm yourself, and gently move the dog to a new location as if nothing much is happening. The dog just needs to know that the situation is not a threat, so you should act that way and go to a calm place. Ken shows in this video that you can calmly let the dog absorb a situation that's exciting and then move along. You are demonstrating that you are in charge, you have it all handled, there is nothing to fear, and the dog will calm down as a result.
Be Calm and Protect Your Dog With Intelligent Guidance
In this video, even the charged-up german shephard puppy Dodger experiences only a few moments of inquisitive excitement when presented with another dog on the other side of a glass door. Ken gently eases the dog's state of mind and then de-escalates by moving and showing positive control and protection safety to Dodger a few feet away. The worst thing you can do is get excited yourself, loose control of your own voice or body language energy, and perform over correction or punishment for a non-threatening scenario like the one in this video.
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Warning: do not present your dog with any threatening situations. Consult professional dog trainers for help.