It has been WAY too long since I updated this blog, which is a travesty because Inara is doing so well!!!! *insert happy dance*
Since my last posting, we’ve been doing Rally almost non-stop. The classes usually have 6 dogs total in them, and we no longer are confined to the corner by the bathroom! There are no more Sucks To Be You Sequesterings for class!!! Ever! Inara may still give a few random barks when dogs enter, but I truly believe it’s more out of habit now than anything else. She is easily redirected back to me at these times and starts throwing tricks at me for treats. She will occasionally still throw a half-hearted lunge/bark at another dog, usually females (she’s becoming rather bitch-selective!); but again, she is easily redirected and continues right on as if nothing happened. And we actually worked off-leash this week (with the other dogs in other rooms). She has NEVER paid attention to me like she did while working off-leash. It was really neat. I’ll admit it – I was giddy. 🙂
So I have gone from having a stark raving lunatic of a dog that barked and lunged uncontrollably at other dogs and couldn’t be in a class setting, to a dog that is now happily working off-leash with other dogs in the near vicinity. All with the miracles of positive reinforcement and negative punishment. No aversive collars. No leash yanks. No yelling. Just a clicker, treats, fun and a great trainer who read my dog correctly.