If In Doubt – Chill Out

Danielle Beck CAB · 15 July 2020

If In Doubt; Chill Out

Welcome

Hello there!

Hello there! My name is Danielle and I'd like to introduce you to 'If In Doubt; Chill Out'; part of the 'Control The Meerkat' collection. We all know that life happens and it's not all fairies and puppy tails; despite our best effort! Therefore, I've created 'Control the meerkat' to help YOU to understand YOUR DOG and learn all about what you can do to help them to cope, when life happens!

'If in doubt chill out' is a relaxation protocol designed by me, to help you, to teach your dog to switch off. We adore those dogs who just love life and doing things! However, as an owner of one of these dogs, it's difficult to get them to stop and relax, as there's stuff & things everywhere!

'If in doubt; chill out' is a technique i've used for years to help dogs to cope with being outside and then stopping. Wether this is because you stopped to talk to someone, needed a sit down, went for a picnic, or stopped for a nice lunch. This is also something I also teach to my assistance dogs, so whenever they go out and they're in doubt about what to do; they just chill out and now i'm giving these tips to you!


Good luck with your training!

Danielle Beck, BSc (hons), PGDip, MSc Founder of Control the Meerkat​

How to teach your dog to relax

The ‘chill out’ cue means to calm down and relax when asked or if they’re unsure what to do – no matter how excited or active they are before or after. Waiting is boring for many dogs and the frustration is similar to the frustration we feel when we are stuck in traffic.

This exercise is different from a stay, as the main focus is on relaxing and being calm, rather than remaining rigidly in one position.

Once your dog knows how to ‘chill out’ you will be able to ask them to go from super excited – to calm and relaxed in a matter of seconds! The behaviour doesn’t matter, as much as the emotion, as we are focusing on their breathing rate. Some dogs lie down, others sit, some stand; it’s their choice as long as they’re relaxed, though most will lie down so they can nap!

TIP – A down is the best position to start with too, as the position itself aids in relaxation

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