It may not be obvious when you look at him but our Indie Dog has a problem. He tends to be very aggressive around other dogs.
My wife has engaged the assistance of one of our neighbors, a breeder of lovely Australian Shepherds. The preferred method is click & treat which relies on the dog being more motivated by praise and food than by the flavor of the passing Yorkie.
Pretty simple stuff, when the dog exhibits a desirable behavior, the click is an immediate promise of reward. So ignore the dachshund, click and treat. Sit at the street crossing, click & treat.
It's important that the treat tastes better than boxer. We blend something like hot dogs (nitrite free of course) with kibble (current selection herring and sweet potato)
Logistically, at least for me, its a bit of a challenge. The leash needs to occupy both hands, looped around one wrist and controlled/tensioned by the other. The clicker has to go somewhere and one hand must hold a ready supply of the promised reward.
So here's Cloverdale's most excellent fiduciary being dragged down 3rd Street, reeking of Olson's Deli and desperately trying to maintain the rhythm of click-treat. Very nice.
Surprisingly, despite my limited abilitiesit seems to work. Indie is, thankfully, very food oriented and hasn't tasted dog flesh in many months. Still not ready for prime time but better.
Find myself wondering about a possible application in my client work. Maybe a click and tasty treat could get Olivia to finally sign that release. Or maybe Montgomery will turn over the rest of the contested family treasures with the promise of something yummy. Or .......
Don the Trustee
When my mother passed very suddenly some 16 years ago, I worked as a trustee for the first time. Her trust contained walnut orchards, peach orchards and a small vineyard. One of the properties was within the sphere of influence of the adjacent city and I dove in with the neighbors and started working on annexation. Loved this work back then and still find it very satisfying today.