Private Dog Training for a Border Collie (Fearful Behavior) – “When I rescued Piper, a 4-year-old deaf Border collie/Aussie mix with 4 years worth of anxiety issues, I knew that positive reinforcement training was the only way I would be able to make any progress with her behavior. Thanks to Johanna’s Anxiety and Aggression class, Piper has since become a confident, sociable, and well-adjusted member of society.” – Ellen Hardy with Piper (Border Collie Mix)
Piper, a Border Collie mix, came to us with an immense amount of fear toward other people and dogs. She strongly wanted to avoid these situations. We used a positive reinforcement dog training technique called “counter conditioning” in our group and private dog training classes with her. Piper learned that dogs and people predicted “good” things (treats and fun commands). Teaching her to “target” was also helpful in decreasing her anxiety. Overtime Piper was able to be near other dogs and people while feeling much more calm and confident.