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The Effect of Anticipation
Building new habits, breaking old habits
first published August 2018
Always anticipate that anticipation will occur.
Habits written in stone
Author: Sarah Owings
KL: I think that is a good policy- dog’s needs first, our embarrassment second! We should never forget that nothing can be “unlearned”.
It sounds like there were more conditions having an effect not just the arousal of going for a walk?
How does he cope on long, long journeys? Does it become flooding to a degree?
SO: Your idea of popping the collie out right away, meeting a need, then working on the skill of calm in the car is brilliant. Anytime I can get out of the rut of “just waiting the dog out” (see video above), I’ll take it!
KL: Excellent. We do sometimes get stuck between the corner and a dark place.
I think the policy of “car-time” for EVERY possible reason except exiting for a walk has to be a contributing factor.
It may seem a bit odd to recommend a day out in the car for no other purpose than a 5 minutes chance at competition, but this element has made a significant contribution for more than our dogs.
The day starts with usually a long drive (for me, 2 hours is long although I know 2 days may be your average). Then we have to spend many hours waiting our turn, often 8-10. Although we get to socialise with other competitors, I like to set it up for the dog to have plenty to watch, different air-smells, occasional boring strolls and then a chance to compete.
I suppose it changes the context of being in the car significantly? I certainly get no excitement on arriving home!
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