Join Date: May 2016
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I really liked that article. I tried something like that with Tux. We have lots of construction going on in our condo building so Tux was starting to bark at every nuance outside the door. My saying "no" or "quit it", or "get back here" was useless. He was clearly upset that we didn't recognize the danger that lurked nearby. So I tried, saying in a calm happy sing song voice, "Hey Tux, come see your Mom. How's my boy? Whatcha doin'?" I could see the miraculous rewiring of the brain. It was an instantaneous change in demeanor. If he turned to look back at the door, I would distract him with a toy, or whatever. It worked. He is much less fearful of weird sounds, and only lets out a quick low whispery "wuff" and looks at me when an unexpected hammer hits the floor above us. I signal him to come see me and he trots over with tail wagging the whole way.