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PostSubject: Frightened of the see saw...   Thu Mar 13, 2008 5:14 pm

Latley, during her agility sessions, Luna has been terrified to go up onto the see saw. She has done it before with me and my mum, quite good (A little bit skittish). But now she just whines and refuses to go up there.

I've tried coaxing her on and lowering it gentlt down without a big bump, but she fidgets like mad and falls/jumps off... Which isn't good for her joints.

I remember my other dogs being weary of it, but they soon got over their fear. I think she is actualy afraid of it.

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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Fri Mar 14, 2008 3:54 pm

hmm i will look!

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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:06 pm

On loveyourdog.com, there was a story about a Golden that acted like that with the see-saw. His owner used cream cheese placed on one end of the see-saw to get him over his fear I think.
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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Fri Mar 14, 2008 4:31 pm

Thanks. I'll try that x)
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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Sun Mar 16, 2008 7:41 am

You could back off a bit, and restart with it lower to the ground to rebuild confidence. Of course, with bait. Once no longer scared at a low level, just increase by a bit, and treat/bait, and keep working it with confidence, until you finally have it at the proper height.
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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Sun Mar 16, 2008 10:21 am

Ah, I didn't think of that! I'll try that today ^^

I hope I can lower it x)
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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:14 am

Ah! Thanks guys! She is ALLOT better with it now! Still a bit shaky, but defenetly better!
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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:04 am

Thats great!! So what did you do?

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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:09 am

I used some treats/paste, as well as lowered the see saw as much as I could.

First of all, I just kept it still and let her lick the paste off of it. Then I slowy put paste going up to the see saw, and moved it slightly. She jumped when I did it, but she didn't try to get down.

I moved it higher, and she is sorta ok with it now... I still have to move the see saw very slowly, but she is getting allot more used to it =P

I'm going to try it some more with her later on today
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PostSubject: Re: Frightened of the see saw...   Wed Mar 19, 2008 9:09 am

Thats great, thanks for sharing!

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