I also ordered the book "Control Unleashed." It's about helping "dogs with issues" (like Delilah) learn to relax and focus in situations that might stress them out or distract them. I've only read the beginning so far and the first thing it recommended was teaching a conditioned relaxation. So I've started working on that with Delilah- just marking and rewarding her whenever she's physically relaxed and calm. We also worked on "place" using both her bed and a mat. She loves "place" in her bed! We're starting out in the house, but hopefully we'll be able to move outside in the next week or two if the weather continues to be nice (it was above 40*F in VT! Crazy!)
|Watching me do dishes from her "place."|
The other thing is that we've left her out of her crate a few times when we've gone out for short periods of time. I only do it if she's peed and pooped before we leave. She hasn't had any accidents or destroyed anything! I peaked in through the window on my way home last night and she was lying in her bed! Such a good girl!