- Take some of the spookiness out of the scary things. This means moving less suddenly around Jack, and perhaps making a bit less noise. It also means your roommate and husband will want to avoid reaching for or even looking at Jack (give him his space). The technical term for this part of the plan is called desensitization. We're taking some of the sensation out of the scary experiences, making them smaller and easier for the dog to tolerate. It's all about our behavior.
- Associate the scary stuff with good things. This is usually high-value food, forbidden pleasures like cheese, chicken, or cooked beef. Every time he experiences something that used to be scary, show him that the thing actually means he's about to get something delightful. This is called counter conditioning. Our behavior is helping Jack change the way he feels about movement, people and sounds.
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