I was reading your paper about Cesar Millan, and I didn't know there was actual terms for the sensory overload thing, flooding. My parents used to have an Aussie that would refuse to walk on the laminate flooring after slipping and falling on their lab puppy when they were playing. My mom and I just started putting towels and throw blankets on the ground for the Aussie to make her less anxious inside because it was easier on everyone. It was pretty heartbreaking to see the dog that upset.
I’m glad you found a way to help her!
Flooding is technically when you force them to stay with the scary thing until they end up in a state of learned helplessness - so if she’d been held on the floor until she gave up and stopped freaking out, that would be flooding. That’s also what people often call ‘exposure therapy’ for people (when they don’t know what they’re talking about). Showing someone a photo of a spider and working up to real spiders is exposure therapy, dumping a box of spiders on someone so they just ‘get over it’ is flooding.