Set up – This week’s challenge is Off-leash Heeling, Figure 8. Working with distractions and proofing is the last piece of training before you go to a show with your dog.
Purpose – This drill teaches your dog to remain focused on you regardless of the distraction.
|Tips on success –
Reward your dog – After successfully completing the Figure 8, reward your dog by releasing him to a toy/treats either in your hand or off the floor.
Different levels of testing – After you have successfully completed an easy scenario, “bump it up” a notch by increasing the difficulty of the distraction. As your dog gains confidence, add more distractions and difficult training. After each successful step, reward your dog with treats and/or play.
Goal – to build your dog’s confidence while heeling regardless of the distration.