When you cue your dog to perform a behavior, do they respond with lightning speed or a leisurely pace? The lag time between your cue and your dog’s response is called latency. When I design a training plan for my dogs, latency is built in, because I want super fast responses to cues. We’re covering how why dogs might respond slowly and what you can do to fix it.

In the episode you'll hear:

  • What you need to know about latency of behavior.
  • When to consider a dog’s behavior fluent.
  • Why dogs develop lag times between a cue and response.
  • What to consider if dogs are slow to respond.
  • How to leverage arousal states for focused and fast behaviors.
  • Common mistakes people make that create lag time for dogs.
  • How to reduce latency with the example of a dog sitting at the door.
  • Why to take the problem away from the environment.
  • About using Jean Donaldson’s “Push, Stick or Drop” to reduce latency.
  • When to test the latency of a behavior in new habitats.
  • That fast responses generalize well to many behaviors.