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Parallel walking (PW)

Every dog who reacts by lunging, barking, etc, be he frightened or “aggressive” towards another dog, person, has a "safe distance". This means that at this distance, however close or far it is, the dog will not be reactive. 

In PW sessions we use that safe distance and let the dog walk in parallel to what he is reactive to. Walking in parallel is the least threatening, least confronting type of walking we can do with our dogs.

We do these sessions in empty parking lots etc on Sunday mornings (and evenings in summer) where there is minimal disturbance and distractions.  This walk, which does not last long (maximum 12 minutes maybe twice in a session) is very tiring/intense for the dog, he will therefore need a very good, safe and long sleep afterwards.

 

Both dog and owner learn

During these sessions dogs learn a lot.  Scared dogs learn that things are not really that frightening; “aggressive” dogs learn to have better social manners and all dogs, especially excitable ones learn self-control.  This is all done with a minimum intervention from us, the humans. The owner should not stare, or talk to his dog and nor should he reward during the actual PW, as these are all distractions. In this way the dog is allowed to experience, to learn and evolve at his own pace so that in due course he will be able to cope and know how to make the right choices.

The owners too learn a lot by observing the subtle body language of the dog(s). The owners are instructed in dog communication, so they will recognize when their dog is showing them he needs help.  And they will learn what kind of help their dog needs, how soon they need to react (or not) and how. 

A lovely relationship

We really enjoy teaching in this way as not only is the problem resolved but also each and every time we see the relationship between owner and dog evolve and grow into a two-way respectful and harmonious communication, with both dog and owner gaining so much. 

What you/your dog need:

-       Harness (non-correcting) - To know more about why we recommend a harness - click here.

-       Long lead (min 3 m)

-       Water

-       Your dog will need to rest in between session, make sure he will comfortable in the car.  In summer think of parking in the shade (and bring something to protect the car from the sunshine), in winter make sure the dog is warm enough, either way park where he cannot see the other dogs who are learning.

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We highly recommend you read Calming Signals by Turid Rugaas

To book a session, acquire a harness and/or lead and the “Calming Signals” book, just fill in the form

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