This one’s for the mailman.
While we appreciate Leo’s gifts as a guard dog, sometimes the view outside the front windows is overstimulating. I considered his window reactivity a minor concern, but delivery men might tell you a different story.
Blinds obscure the view from the outside, but clever dogs are able to peek between, chew, and paw the slats. As a result, one of our windows has been bare of blinds for quite a while now, offering a clear view in and out.
I’d heard window film suggested for reactive dogs, to alleviate the stress of witnessing all the activity outside, and finally was motivated to put some up after seeing a lovely bamboo pattern on a glass door at my craniosacral therapist’s. It totally goes with our Asian-inspired home decor.
I bought the bamboo film online, along with an application kit. It was easy to apply, and has stayed up for weeks. I love the way light comes through, and look how chill Leo looks in these photos. That was immediately after I put it up, and all I asked for was a sit.
He still barks, of course, but at a farther distance from the window. Much like the calming cap, the intent is to filter out the distractions somewhat, allowing him to relax more.
For the A to Z Challenge, I’m using all positive language in my posts. Read the story of how positive training helped my reactive dog Isis in my book, Bark and Lunge!
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