This story is about a dog whose name is Ernie. Ernie has been kept outside the house for a really long time. As you can imagine this is not good for the dog. His owner needed some help from a professional trainer.
Ernie’s owner is named Juli. Juli keeps Ernie outside her house. She also has him wearing a muzzle despite the dog not having any history of showing aggression or biting anyone. She does this because she is afraid Ernie would be aggressive.
Trainers come to the rescue
Two people named Jackson and Zoe wanted to help Juli with her fears which would be good for her and for Ernie. These dog trainers went to Juli’s house and told her to open the door at the back and then go sit on the couch. This step should help Ernie try to step inside the house.
It was only Juli who was tense the entire time. Ernie wasn’t. Juli’s son wasn’t – he even played with Ernie and the dog trainers observed that Ernie didn’t show any sign of aggression.
Juli was given some advice by Zoe. She was told that Ernie exercises outside the house. When he’s inside, Juli has to tell the dog the command “place.”
In a few weeks, Jackson and Zoe visited again to see any progress. They observed that Juli was quite good at her training with Ernie.
The trainers wanted to see how Ernie would react if a cat was nearby. Before they did that, they tried to test the dog’s focus. Juli’s son took a toy and walked in front of the dog. Ernie didn’t budge an inch so he passed this test.
A cat was then brought in. Juli’s son played with the cat on the opposite side of the room from Ernie. The dog sees the cat and what was happening but he decided that it would be best to ignore them.
In the end, the trainers proclaimed the whole training to be a success and Juli is now confident to interact with Ernie.
Source: Animal Planet