Training- Dog Attention, Don’t Leave Home Without It

Realistic expectations is the first step in the training process. You don’t want to set your dog up to fail by putting them in situations that they have not been trained to handle.

Patience and Baby steps-Build on each successful sequence of behavior. For instance, train your dog to “sit”. Click or mark this behavior and follow with a favorite treat. Then add another layer of difficulty, such as “sit” as a person walks by at a distance followed with a click and a treat. The more difficult the behavior, the more tempting and motivating the treat must be for your dog.

Patience is essential. Remember, success is the same whether it comes in quantum leaps or small baby steps.

The Three D’s – Distance, Duration, Distraction. Any time you increase one of the D’s, you decrease the other two.

Be interesting to your dog. Give them a reason to want to pay attention to you. Become instructive, not corrective when your dog is confused or not sure what you is expected of them.

Establish a bond with your dog based on mutual respect. No dog wants to pay attention to someone who is mad at them or shouting harsh commands at them or yanking on their leash.

Keep training sessions short and fun.

DON’T ALLOW YOUR DOG TO FAIL. Building behavior is like construction. Without a sound foundation, it is destined to fail.

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