Last night we to our training class, not to try, but to sit and watch. Our trainer has been very kind in allowing us to continue attending our monday evening class to simply just work on keeping Kobi calm.
The way the space is laid out there is a larger area where the classes take place, with a hallway running alongside it and on the other side is a smaller fenced in area. This smaller area is where we were last night. We started off for the first 20 minutes just sitting on Kobi's bed, playing the "look at that" game and just staying quiet. I tried to give him some massage as best I could which reminds me I want to order a book on how to use Tellington Touch to help calm Kobi.
We also worked on the premack exercises where I let Kobi wander but would reward him with cheese whenever he came to check me out and then would send him away again. After a few minutes Kobi was more focused on me than ever before. I then decided to take the opportunity to do some loose leash walking. Thanks to doing this exercise before hand he was glued to my side, moving perfectly with me even as I did twists and turns, figures and coming to random stops!
After working on that for a while we stepped things up a notch. By doing this I had to go back and increase his rate of reinforcement by pez dispensing treats to him. We left our fenced in area to walk up and down the hallway between the two pens. This forced Kobi to walk beside the dogs working inside the class but was still separated by a fence. He did very well with this but it was still very difficult for him and his focus on me was greatly reduced.
Overall I was incredibly happy with him last night. It seems like taking things back a few steps is really working. He is under threshold more often and I've noticed that his confidence is growing thanks to the "look at that" game. It's moments like this that really remind me of why I'm working so hard to try and turn a reactive dog into a calm and confident dog.