This post is part of the Positive Pet Training Blog Hop, hosted by Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days. The hop happens on the first Monday of every month, and is open for a full week - please join us in spreading the word about the rewards of positive training! This month's topic is the gift of positive reinforcement training - that could be a gift you've given your dog, or a gift your dog has given you on your training journey.
Today's post will be kinda short (sorry!), but I wanted to get this post out because it's one of my biggest training successes and it's something I feel really proud about having done. I've spoken about it a few times, but oh well!
When you know better you do better, and that's never been clearer to me than when I looked back at some old photos and saw the state Nola's nails used to be in. She used to be so terrified of having her nails handled that she'd scream bloody murder, thrash and shake if you so much as reached for her nails with clippers in hand. So I stopped, and started our journey through counterconditioning. I highly suggest Googling and YouTubing it, because it'll explain it much better than I can!
After months and months of working with her, she went from being absolutely frantic if you touched her nails, to calmly and happily standing for all four paws to be dremeled in one session. It took two years to work the length all the way back, but it was so worth it. To go from pure terror to absolutely no fear is such an incredible thing to witness, and dramatically showed the true power of positive reinforcement. It was a huge gift to both of us!