A Stand on Grounding
So today we worked on grounding one last time, Scout has already exhibited this behavior over time so now it was just about shaping the behavior and giving it a name and saying hey this is something I like from you. So I tried to recall the situations that had him do the behavior and tried to simulate it, When I got him into the steps towards the grounding here I clicked, treated and praised him. Let’s just say he got a lot of treats today!
Today, I thought ok- if we’re out and about and I need some DPT (Deep Pressure Therapy) I may not have the opportunity to sit on a chair or couch or even the floor- I mean lets face it I live in NY- Ok, Long Island but still most places you may not want to sit on the floor or it may not be safe to do so. So I thought about taking his tendency to lean into me and make it the grounding we may use when working. I prefer to call it “Cuddle” because if I need it at night, he does ground into me at night on bed, although I admit Liberty shares the task on the other side of me so I feel like the middle of the sandwich!
But back to today, we practiced the Standing Ground or as we call it the “Cuddle” or ahem….”Standing Cuddle”.
As you can tell we did take it step by step but eventually we or I got it. As Scout already knows this and it was about training (and is as we’re still working on it) me!
As we went along, Scout was grounding me, and teaching me the cues he needs to perform the task. Honestly this is something I need to work on and perfect. I feel if when we got out in the scary public/ world. He could sense I need some therapy and lean into me and relieve the stresses on me and let me experience the world with him by my safe side thanks to him.
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Scout made the training fun and proved to be a true therapy that made my stress turn into a SMILE!
Until tomorrow’s blog which will be a rest day and more on Service Dog info. Have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.