Make sure you've played each game at least once and ideally, you've played each one outside at least once too.

Beyond that, here are some general guidelines (emphasis on the "guidelines." These are not hard rules.) for when to move on.

When to Move On From Attention

Raining Treats

  • You've played a couple times successfully

Face Me

  • Your pup immediately turns to face you almost (if not every) time
  • Your pup has given you eye contact at least a couple times

Leash Pressure Cue

  • You feel comfortable with the game mechanics (apply light pressure, pup gives into pressure and comes to you and you deliver a treat)
  • You've had at least one successful instance of using this on a real world distraction

Distraction Ghosting

  • You feel comfortable with the game mechanics (puppy is distracted, you give verbal cue, pup looks at you, you lure away from the distraction with a treat)
  • You've had at least one successful instance of using this on a real world distraction

Training Advice Going Forward

  • "Raining Treats" and "Face Me" shouldn't require much intentional training. Instead, you'll tend to use these games as a warmup or whenever you're looking for something fun and easy to do with your dog
  • Use "Leash Pressure Cue" and "Distraction Ghosting" as often as you can in real world scenarios
  • Devote training sessions to specifically practicing "Leash Pressure Cue" and "Distraction Ghosting" until your pup is automatically responding to them

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