Trust, Earned or Learned
I may be totally wrong on this, correct me if I am, but I believe trust is earned. If trust is learned, then when do you click and treat and what response is to be looked for when teaching trust?
Honey usually runs off to either her sanctuary or to the furthest recesses of the yard when something abruptly scares her. She will return to whatever we were doing after a short timeout and she realizes whatever the scary thing was, it wasn’t going to eat her, plus there may be a treat waiting her return. (Is this the training part? hum)
Last evening after dinner and prior to lights out and during a hellacious rain and wind storm, we were out in the covered side yard talking and working on stuff, the usual hand targeting, treating, etc. stuff, when a major gust of wind hit. I leave her kennel door open 24/7 so she can cruise the place, it didn’t occur to me to secured the door in the open position, lazy I guess. The wind gust grabbed hold of the gate and slammed it shut with a vengeance and clang so loudly I jumped. Honey could have run off to one of her hiding places behind the car or recycling bin, but didn’t. She jumped at the sound and scooted right behind me then peered out to check on what the heck that was. She most likely thought “hey, I may be able to run a lot faster than you, but you’re bigger, handle that will you.” As I fixed the gate, never to be blown shut again, she watched with cautious interest, again from behind me.
This is, as I believe, the first time I earned her trust in protecting her from a scary event, but then maybe she learned I will protect her the best I can.