SESSION 3: Learn how to structure your dog’s lifestyle more.
In this session of the podcast, I expand on the theory discussion from session 2 and I tell you what to adjust to be able to follow the natural learning process. I also give you an exercise so you can teach your dog to naturally walk on a loose leash.
At the end of this session I’ll give you some homework to start structuring your dog’s everyday life and your walk.
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.
I’ve been training people and dogs in Seattle for the last decade and a half. My main focus when working with clients every week in one-on-one, private lessons is to help people learn to get their dogs to a functional level so that they can actually enjoy spending time every day with their dog instead of stressing about their dog’s behavior issues.