Reactive Dog: Moving Past Distractions on a Walk

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If you have a reactive dog and already know the patterns for keeping your dog focused on you and can perform these in the presence of distractions relatively close by, you’re 80% there. Here are examples of how you can apply these exercises to situations where you see a human or dog approaching on a path and need to keep your dog focused so he won’t bark, jump or lunge at them.

Training Pups and Adult Dogs to Heel: Repeat Sits on the Left Side

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One of the major issues with teaching dogs to walk well on lead is that they want to rush ahead to see the sights. Walking next to you, and especially stopping to wait, is boring to them compared to exploring. How do we remedy the situation? We make sticking next to you and stopping a fun game—one that’s as exciting as the people, sounds and smells on a walk.

Walk on Loose Leash, Part 3: U-Turns

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Another technique for loose leash walking that everyone should know, which has a similar function to the about-turn, is the U-turn where, when you make the turn, your dog is stationary and you walk around him. That means if your dog walks on your left side, you turn to the left and walk around him.