The (almost) dauntless Ranger has made some great strides in his kitchen exploration practice! With patient counter-conditioning we have tapped into his inner confidence. Take a look at where Ranger will comfortably go now:
You can see that I have the treat pouch on, and I am throwing him tidbits in a little informal training session as I am doing some chores. Multi-tasking at its finest.
I have also honed in on his biggest fear in the kitchen, and oddly it is this little guy:
Ranger will do his best to avoid going anywhere within about a 2.5 foot radius around the Insidious Grate of Evilness and Darkness.
Why? I don’t know. But since the counter-conditioning is working to get him nearer to it, I’m not going to worry about why, and we will just keep practicing. Ranger has even gone all the way through the kitchen several times! Three cheers for Ranger the Brave.