Is there something that triggers your dog?
If your dog has something that, “sets them off,” this is often referred to as a trigger.
I’ve seen dogs go bonkers over cars, bikes, other dogs, children, adults, horses, cows, leaves, trees, surfboards, kites, kangaroos. The lot! And I hear squirrels are quite the distraction in other countries (sadly we don’t have them here. I was so excited to see my first squirrel in the states!)
Regardless of what triggers your dog, the training steps we use are essentially the same.
The first thing we need to do is set your dog up to be successful so we can start rewarding those wins! And we aren’t going to get anything to reward if the dog is too close to their trigger.
Going too close too fast is the number one mistake people make when they are working on this sort of issue.
I repeat, don’t go too close too soon!
What you want to figure out is the distance you need to be before your dog reacts. This is known as the dog’s distance threshold. It might be a few feet. Or it could be the length of a football field. Every dog’s threshold is different.
What you want to do is start working on the issue at the point where your dog knows the trigger is there but is not reacting in an undesirable way.
Then you’re going to reward your dog for calmness when they are aware of the trigger, for looking at it without tensing up or staring (a calm curious look is ok but eye-balling it is not), and when your dog focuses on you and looks to you for guidance.
You can get full training on this in the Frantic To Focused program which you can join now by clicking here.
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“I LOVE this course! I have been working with Beckham for 2 1/2 years using food and never have gotten the response from him that I am getting now. It has given me more confidence and I know that is transferring down the leash to him.
He loves to work and we are both having fun.”
(we teach in the program how to train with or without food and how to use food correctly)
Join now and see just what you can do with your dog today. Whether your dog is anxious, distracted, reactive, fearful or just confused, I KNOW this program can help you.
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