Heading Out into the Real World

Now you're ready to take this exercise into the real world. List your dog's top three distractions: things you may run into day to day. Here's a sample list:

• Bicyclists or joggers

• Birds or squirrels

Now go out and find these things.

1 Line your dog up so that you are standing perpendicular to him. The temptations will be to your dog's left.

2 When he is clearly more focused on the distraction than on you, call his name and take a giant side step to the right.

3 Did he follow? YES!!! If he did not, register your existence by issuing a quick tug; then go back and present the choice again.

4 Continue to expose him to distractions until he learns to check in with you upon their sighting.

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Repeating this exercise will help you establish a pattern of noting your dog's focus, which is especially important for off-lead work. Your dog must trust and follow your directions above all else that is going on around him. If you catch his attention wandering at any time, do a quick side-step reminder to get him back on track!

Repeating this exercise will help you establish a pattern of noting your dog's focus, which is especially important for off-lead work. Your dog must trust and follow your directions above all else that is going on around him. If you catch his attention wandering at any time, do a quick side-step reminder to get him back on track!

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