Going to a Safe Spot to prevent anxiety
Yesterday we found that we will most likely not benefit from the grounding task as much as many, so we aren’t dismissing it totally BUT in our research we found a task that would be more suitable for our needs. It is Scout bringing me to a safe place. People make me anxious- I become anxious during certain times and this will take some time to train but thankfully Scout knows me pretty well by now. Anyway, to bring me to a quiet spot away from things that can make me more anxious will be a GREAT service task.
To begin with we will be training Scout to go to a spot of his own. This is only the first step in the training. A simple go to your bed, blanket activity will be our first step we’ll be working on today. But instead I will begin by calling it go to your “SAFE SPOT”.
Things about today’s lesson
We will be working on the basics of going to a chosen spot. I will choose a quiet spot to do this with and tell Scout to go there. Go to your Safe Spot. The first step other than making sure I have many treats and my clicker of course. Is to lure Scout to his place- or the chosen place. Luring Scout, as he is food motivated- (you can see this in past training videos as well), will be easy! It is more about me training myself to communicate the message ok- this is your safe spot Scout. ( Don’t worry- he will know that where he goes he will be able to find a safe spot to go to).
Until tomorrow and our next step in our training, have a happy and healthy tail waggin’ day.