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Luke came into SPIN in late 2019. He presented with incredibly high prey drive, getting far, far too over-aroused with chase. He would see a squirrel outside the house and then run around to all the windows barking and jumping. Outside he was uncontrollable. Luke's foster home tried to help but with all the activity, progress was slow and to be honest it wasn't really working. So, we tried another tactic. Luke was sent to Mark Penny for board and train, although it really should be bored and train. Mark allowed Luke the time to decompress. Just be. No activity here my friend. Nothing going on. Slowly, slowly, Luke's mind started to relax. His alert reactions to everything, and I mean everything, started to diminish. You know, you've felt it yourself, that when your mind is whirling out of fear or anxiety (I get it when I have to do any kind of public speaking) you can't think straight. It's the same for a dog. If his mind is going 100 miles a minute, he can't think through what you are asking of him. He gets stuck in instinct and involuntary behaviours. Mark gave him the space to calm. To get bored. Ahhhh the relaxing quality of boredom. And then we can engage. To learn new things. New ways of responding to the world. We tested the new and improved Luke out with a new foster home and Luke proved to be a dream dog. Well behaved. If aroused he had learned to relax in a shortened period of time. Luke will always be prone to over-arousal, but with continued work on relaxation and response we are confident that he will lead the very best life. And now he is off on a new adventure. Well done Luke. You have come a long way. We are so proud of you.