Canine Good Citizenship
Increase the number of
steps per reinforcer.
Ensure that your posture,
as you hold the leash and lure is natural, not awkward.
Is your left elbow up in the
air, instead of by your side?
Is your lure hand dangling in
mid-air, encouraging piranha-like lunging?
Continue to gradually add time,
working up to 45 seconds to one minute out of sight.
Remember to include the
rehearsal of some short, easy, strain-relieving stays in your session.
Rehearse Dog to Dog approaches,
starting with the dogs and owners walking towards one another but
stopping 5 feet apart
Coach and encourage your dog.
Use the Watch Me cue to refocus
your dog as necessary. Don’t nag, though.
Click and treat the stay.
Repeat, decreasing the distance
between the dog after 2 or 3 repetitions.
and other Distractions
In the Reaction to Distraction
test, your dog will have to tolerate a running person, or perhaps
something with wheels, moving rapidly by him, and he may have to tolerate
noise, as for example, the sound of something being dropped.
This week, work on your dog
staying as your training partner jogs slowly, then rapidly by, at a
distance, then closer.
Can he “Stay” as a bike
or skateboard goes by, at a distance?
If your dog is worried by
noises, expose him gradually, with the noise muffled, or in another
room. Cheer and clap and offer him treats. Repeat ‘til he is tail-waggy,
then increase the volume of the noise just slightly.
Keep on gradually increasing
the volume until it is at a real-life level.
Repeat for each new sound that
spooks your dog.