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《狗主回應》Shadow – 小笨 (2013-08-03)

Shadow小笨

效果是意料之外的好。深感學到新知識了的同時,也有一點唏噓,歲月有點無情哦。

我家裡有一隻14歲老約瑟﹣小笨,最近愈來愈惡,追人來咬,爸爸已經唔係好頂得順,成日叫我困佢籠,我都好老鼠拉龜唔知點算…看了好幾本書之後,決定用多數書都推介的方法:找個專業人士來看看。老狗子,身體機能退化,認知出現問題,不時會情緒激動,追著人來咬。看了醫生,開了止痛藥,有好轉,但我們還是決定找 Eddie 來幫忙,看看應該怎樣對待他。是努力再教呢?還是努力再忍。Eddie 觀察及了解後,發覺小笨對家人根本沒有惡意,咬人只是可能受情緒影響,建議從提供舒適空間及提高安全感入手,首先給他一個密閉的籠子或寵物袋,讓他可安心休息。一向喜歡霸佔整個客廳的小笨其實在找一小平樂土,真是始料不及,隨著年紀漸長狗子的要求原來會變。

其實之前我們也發現,小笨坐車如果放外面會哭,但在包包裡卻沒問題。所以也想過,在家也給他一個關閉的環境。一來他可能會安心些,二來我們這些被追咬的生物們也得以喘一口氣。但把他關進籠內,房內,他哭得拆天。包包大大打開,他也看都不看,讓我們手足無措。Eddie 卻說,原來問題正正在於,包包打得太開了。包包可以從側面或正面打開,我們以為他會方便點,便把大的那一面打開。但原來,對外界感到不安的狗狗,在愈小,愈被包著的環境會愈安心。果然,包包入口變小,他反而久不久會進去躺一下。回來時,小小笨也會從小提包中剛睡醒的搖搖擺擺的走出來。從前清潔姐姐來的日子,小笨有時會化身進擊的老狗,撲咬姐姐的腳根或地拖,十分可怕。之前我們都要準備一些零食在門口,以備不時之需,讓姐姐可以天女散花引開惡狗。自從小老狗發現小包包是個好地方之後,情況好像有好轉。只要室溫夠冷,他會自己入去。姐姐說他已經可以一整天就安安靜靜在包包內睡得好乖,也不用像之前那樣撒花困籠。

與其說 Eddie 教我們做了籠內訓練,不如說他點出了小老狗的行為代表了什麼,就是在他感觀認知退化的同時,這個世界對他而言變得很不安全,他在以前很OK的地方也變了不安。他也指導我們如何為他安排適合、安心的場所。看來小小笨也很喜歡這個安排,或者他也覺得一直被打擾很累?最重要的是,幫忙點化了爸爸。之前,小老狗差不多晚晚追著爸爸咬。爸爸不討厭動物,卻也不是狗痴,不會被襲了還笑說不介意。媽媽郤覺得,那可以和一隻又小又老又病的狗計較?兩夫婦弄得有點彊。後來,媽媽想通了。就當家中有三隻狗吧。狗兒之間相處不來,怎麼辦?找訓犬師吧!三隻狗兒中,還有一隻會人話。那事情實在太簡單太好辦了呵呵呵。爸爸嘴上不認,郤是多和小笨溝通了。對他情況比較了解後,爸爸也多了包容。媽媽的日子也變得好過了。感恩,感恩。


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《狗主回應》Mrs Dai – Cookie (2013-05-10)

Cookie

My husband and I adopted a 5-year-old male Yorkshire terrier in March 2013 and named it “Cookie”. Cookie is a wonderful dog as he is obedient, smart, with excellent toilet training and superb eating habit that we find him adorable.

However, Cookie is timid, nervous and insecure. His habit of lingering around people also bothers me. We are living in a high-rise building that dogs are not allowed. Whenever we need to take Cookie out for a walk, he has to enter into a bag and wait patiently to take the lift that Cookie feels bizarre and frightening. Moreover, Cookie feels uneasy to wait alone when my husband and I are out for work. The situation worsens during thunder and storm, that Cookie shivering a lot and shuts down by not eating or drinking when panicked.

Eddie provided prompt assistance to soothe Cookie and ease our tension. We adopted “positive reinforcement” techniques to retrain Cookie to revolve around his anxieties with good things. We placed treats inside his outdoor bag, that Cookie eventually associated the bag with “good thing”. Then we zipped the bag and took him out for short walk day-by-day. Also, Eddie taught us useful quick fixes by stop responding to Cookie’s undesirable behavior with petting. We arranged his bedding into an enclosed space and covered it with blankets like a “den”, because a dog feels safe inside a “den”. After two months’ of painstaking effort, Cookie now enters his bag and takes short walks readily; moreover he is less anxious at bad weather and when stays alone.

Dog training is a persistent and challenging task, yet thanks to Eddie that Cookie is now our great companion. If you need a reliable, committed and experienced dog trainer; Eddie is your choice.