Set up – This week’s challenge is proofing turns. Right, left and about turns. It is important to add varying degrees of difficulty as the dog starts to gain confidence and understands the distraction/proofing process.
Purpose – This drill teaches your dog how stay focused during distractions. Proofing teaches your dog awareness of the exercise as well as builds confidence in your dog.
Tips on success – the key to success is adding more challenges as your dog gains confidence.
- Start easy. Play with a toy or feed your dog treats. Place either the toy or treats on a near by chair.
- When starting a new dog on proofing, focus on one type of turn at a time. Train all right or left turns ect. After doing the tune one way, repeat the proofing with a different turn.
- During this drill, always show your dog how to be correct if your dog chooses to go to the distraction. Building confidence at the learning stage of proofing is VERY important!
- As your dog gains an understanding of the game, increase the intensity by playing or giving treats, replace toy/treats on the chair and practice turns again. If your dog is focused on you, reward your dog by grabbing the toy/treat and having a party with your dog.
- Keep your sessions fun by adding games between successful repetitions.
- Remember to train in NEW LOCATIONS and with a variety of distractions.
Reward your dog – Anytime your dog performs your turn successfully and to your criteria, reward your dog by releasing him to a toy/treats. Think about building desire and drive!
Different levels of testing – After you have successfully completed an easy scenario, “bump it up” a notch by adding different objects and making them closer to your dog. As your dog gains confidence, add more variables and make the training more difficult. Always reward your dog for a job well done.
Goal – to build your dog’s confidence and understanding of turns and turning cues.