barked non-stop from the time she got into the car till they arrived at their
destination. As she frequently took Maggie different places to walk, this was
getting old fast! I suggested several behavior modification solutions, but none
seemed to make much of a dent on the barking.
As I had been very successful working with Reunion Rescue (a rescue organization
that helps Pit Bulls in Texas) in addressing behavioral issues, and Maggie was a
rescue as well, I thought it quite likely that emotions trapped from her previous
experiences were the cause of her anxious barking in the car.
Her owner was committed to doing whatever she could to help Maggie. We decided
to use The Body Code to clear those trapped emotions causing Maggie's barking.
After several sessions, she was thrilled to report that the barking had gone from
near 100% of the ride to only 25%, and most that 25% occurred when Maggie saw
other dogs or joggers.
Maggie's owner continued to schedule walks for times and places where she would
be unlikely to run into people with other dogs, which often meant very early in the
AM or late at night. This worked well for quite some time, but after a couple of
instances of running into other dogs, Maggie's 'over the top' reactive behavior
caused her to see if the Body Code would help that as well.
Did it ever !! See the results of our 'experiment' below. Keep in mind that the
owner's 'training assignment' was 'Don't do ANY training, and continue to avoid
other dogs until we can to the 'After BC work' video.
As a dog agility and obedience instructor, I frequently
work with dogs that have behavioral issues. Maggie's
owner thought that she would enjoy agility, but said
that due to Maggie's reactive behavior with other dogs
she wanted to do private rather than group classes.
While we did address some obedience issues from
time to time, her primary focus was to just allow
Maggie to enjoy agility.
At one point, she happened to mention that Maggie
Maggie's Body Code Stories
Note that in the 2nd segment
of the video, while Maggie
had noticed the other dog,
her owner was easily able to
redirect her attention. This
was NOT possible prior to the
BC work. She is even wagging
her tail through much of the
session. Previously, when
Maggie was in 'Reactive
Mode' it was simply not
possible to get her attention
off the other dog, even at a
further distance than was
Also note that the Body Code
work I did with Maggie was
NOT done in person. That is
what I LOVE about this work,
I can work on anyone,
Deb was pleased to report that Maggie even make a new friend !
That was BIG.