There are two ways to work on your dog listening around distractions, but many people only learn one. The first way is to get your dog into a controlled position like a sit or down, and introduce distractions. We take it to the next level and do things differently! Let’s face it; there are not too many bunnies who are going to ask us to get our dogs into a sit before they run across the path. We need our dogs to listen no matter what and no matter how far away they are from us, and the timing of our distractions in training is critical to set our dogs up for success.
In the episode you'll hear:
- About the two reasons a dog would listen at a distance.
- The way we grow massive confidence in our dog’s ability to listen.
- About looking at what you do if your dog makes a mistake.
- How games grow responses and enthusiasm for dogs.
- What playing video games has to do with dog training.
- The importance of controlling the distraction and not the dog.
- About growing a dog’s skills in layers and the fun way to practice.
- How to really use distractions in your dog training.
- Why you always want to be on Team Distraction to get to Team Distance.
- What to play with your dog this week in prep for next-level listening games.
- Watch Part 1 - Episode 147: Teach Your Dog To Listen Off Leash And Far Away
- Get Crate Games Online
- Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything
- Blog Post: Distraction Work in Dog Training: A Conversation Between Friends
- Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)
- Podcast Episode 110: Is Your Over-Aroused Dog Just Over-Faced In Training?
- Podcast Episode 24: Help for the Dog who Chases Chipmunks, Bicycles, and the Neighbor’s Cat
- Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube
HI – I am writing to thank you for this series. My Jake is 12 yrs old and we are recallers students. BUT i have been lax with him. He has triggers to kids and dogs. He has always been a rock star at staying within boundaries of our year until lately. This is getting us back to the basics! Session one shocked me – verbals with no body movement from me. Thought it would be a breeze – but no so much!) ! So we are tightening up and will revisit crate games (I have recommended this to soooo soooo many people both in person and on FB) . And pulling out his crate again (we use soft crate at trials and that he loves but have not been reinforcing it at home. This is exactly what we need since we are getting new neighbors who will likely have both dogs and kids! THANK YOU – excellent timing. And to anyone else reading this Its a continual process . I got lax on the games and he responded by assuming these games were not so important anymore.