So as I’ve mentioned before, my wife has been taking Dennis to agility to give him a job to do and boost his confidence. It’s been working very well; he’s been tearing up the course lately. Until faced his greatest challenge yet: The Teeter-Totter.
Being a sensible dog, Dennis would rather walk on solid objects than ones that move, and he wanted nothing to do with the teeter. After a couple of aborted attempts, the trainer advised my wife that they should stop for now, lest Dennis should get to have a fear association with the teeter and refuse to go on it ever again.
How do we fix this situation? Have dada build a “wobble board” for Dennis to walk on at home, or more accurately, for Dennis to watch Tucker walk on while he gets showered with treats. The board sits on a small fulcrum that allows it to wobble a little bit in every direction; as Dennis gets more confident on it, the fulcrum will get bigger, but for now, it only moves a little bit — sort of like the room after you’ve had one too many Toasted Almonds.
Mmmmm, Toasted Almonds ……