The original protocol was created by Dr. Karen Overall. I have modified it to be user-friendly and effective for a variety of purposes. (If you google “Dr. Karen Overall Protocol for Relaxation” her original will come up.)
Dr. Overall’s method is genius! But, I find the original to be really caught up in the variables, and not that clear about what the overall goal/method is. In this modified version, the variables are up to you and what is useful for your situation – and the protocol itself is very easy to follow and clear.
Is your dog really hyped up when you try to deliver the treat to their mouth, and they pop up?
When treating on the bed, move towards your pup with a treat in your hand. Your goal will be to feed them a treat with almost no movement on their part. If they move, freeze (don’t jerk away) and if necessary, slowly move the treat away. Then try again. Repeat this until you can get the treat to the dog’s mouth with no moving around or jerking for the treat.
Do this consciously anytime they act too excited about the treats. Don’t add in the taking steps back etc. until this is going well.