Far more people than we think have dogs that don’t like other dogs approaching them (worried dogs, reactive dogs, old/ill dogs), and to be fair and we think a little about it, it makes a lot of sense. How would a lot of us feel if you had just met someone new and that person came so close to you that you would feel extremely uncomfortable? Wouldn’t you feel obliged to say: ‘I am sorry, but would you mind stepping back a bit, and respect my personal space?’
So, what is flooding?
The idea behind flooding is to ‘cure’ an animal or person of their phobias. It is needless to say that in my eyes, this is just cruel, non-effective and psychologically damaging to the dog. Flooding is the action of exposing the dog to what triggers his emotional response.
Let me give you an example: if your dog is afraid, uncomfortable or aggressive to other dogs, you would put him/her in an enclose environment with as many dogs as possible. Somehow the idea behind this is, that by being flooded, the dog would actually overcome that phobia.. Well, trust me, it won’t.