Teaching Threat Assessment to Dogs

I have decided my dogs need threat assessment training.  They treat everything as if it is an extreme threat to their property or family.  The dogs truly believe:

  • A child riding a bike is a DEFCON 5 event
  • A bird flying overhead is a DEFCON 5 event
  • A leaf blowing in the wind is a DEFON 5 event
  • A rabbit in the yard is a DEFCON 5 event

If only I could teach them how to assess a potential threat.  Then a rabbit might be treated as a DEFCON 1 event and we can save DEFCON 5 reactions for something really big, like a grizzly bear.

 

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