Introduction to Attention2 minute read
Good loose-leash walking requires you and your dog to work together, and since you never know what a walk is going to throw at you, it requires a great system of communication to stay in sync.
The "Attention" section builds the foundation for that system of communication.
This might be the most awkward section in the whole course. A lot of it feels unnatural when you're practicing it, but don't get discouraged or skip over it. You will learn a lot about your dog in this section, and you'll need that knowledge going forward.
Goals of this Section
- Learn multiple ways to get your dog's attention
- Build value for your dog giving you attention
- Learn how to keep your dog's attention
- Learn how to get your dog's attention when there is a strong distraction
This game turns you into a rapid treat dispenser which makes you the most exciting thing ever in the eyes of your dog. That's a useful tool to have when you need to get the attention of a highly distracted dog. "Raining Treats" is also a great form of exercise which makes it the perfect warm-up game for getting the energy out.
This game is very similar to "Raining Treats" with one additional challenge: your dog must look at you before you'll throw the next treat. The goal with this game is to develop your dog's instinct to look at you before going after a distraction.
Another tool for dealing with distractions while on walks, Distraction Ghosting introduces an "attention cue" which you will use in games in upcoming sections.
Leash Pressure Cue
Dogs have what's called an opposition reflex. The more you pull against them, the harder they pull against you. That's a bit of a problem when there is a leash involved, wouldn't you say? This game attempts to flip the opposition reflex on its head by teaching your dog that when he feels the leash pulling, he should immediately come back to you.