The Progression of Difficulty:
There are three things that make anything harder (or easier) for your dog
- What you’re doing while your dog does a task: This is usually measured by how connected (or disconnected) to you. For example, on leash versus off leash.
- What’s going on around your dog while they do a task: These are sometimes called “distractions”
Distraction theory (further break down):
- And number of distractions
- How long you expect your dog to do a task
PRACTICAL APPLICATION AND HOMEWORK
Get your dog’s freedom/responsibility quotient back into balance
Structure your dog’s everyday life more
Here’s a link to an article on our blog that will give you some things to change around your house to structure your dog’s life more during this training phase. This article was originally written as a response to people who asked what to do after their newly adopted dogs started acting up, but it’s good advice for anyone trying to tune up their relationship and training with their dog.
LOOSE LEASH WALKING
Here’s an article on the blog that has a short video clip showing you what I mean by loose leash walking
Leash pulling article from the blog
Let me know how this experiment goes with your dog.