If you struggle with an anxious or stressed out dog, chances are you have heard of and maybe tried below threshold training. My questions are …
Are you a below threshold pro?
Are you able to predict what sets your dog’s anxiety off and when it’s going to happen every time?
My guess is that you aren’t a pro, nor are you able to consistently tell when your dog is going to have a meltdown. There are too many spiders involved (explained below).
Staying below threshold is HARD!
Constantly monitoring your dog via video.
Constantly having to be available to walk back in if it looks like your dog is going to lose his cool. How do you do this if you have to go to work and have NO support?
Constantly trying to foresee ANYTHING that might trigger your dog.
Often it’s 2 steps forward, 3 steps back.
Sometimes you succeed, only to relapse a day, week, or maybe you make it to a month later.
Few have continued success.
Those who do succeed usually have put rules in place.
Rules are like keys. They unlock a calmer dog.