Would you like to work on dog obedience and focus?
If you are like 99% of dog owners out there your worst fear is having your out of control dog run over happily trying to greet anyone and everyone they come across.
The other one percent if you are curious will just drive up to a car park on the edge of the woods and attach a GPS to their dog. They then open the door and let the dog run out before reclining in the driver’s chair and reading a newspaper or the news on their phone. Am I exaggerating? No I have seen this on numerous occasions over the years.
Put back to the 99% and training obedience and focus.
When on a walk it is always very tempting just to throw as many sticks or balls as possible for your dog to chase.
Yes this will tire them out physically but it is not great mental stimulation for them.
Super simple exercise is to ask your dog to do 3 tricks before you throw the object. The object is then the reward.
These can of course be tricks of your choosing.
The most important thing is not to throw the stick or ball until they have correctly performed the three tricks asked for.
This ensures that your dog is focused and listening to you you instead of focusing on the object and visual stimuli.
With your dog’s focus now on your voice you will find that even five minutes after you stop throwing objects your dog will remain a lot more reactive and focused on your voice.
It is very much a win-win scenario as this is great mental training for your dog and will tire them out, especially in combination with the physical exercise.
I should know I have a border collie.
Check out the simple demonstration with Minttu in the video below 👇
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Have a lovely evening with your doggies and we are back again in the morning for more dogwalking in Oslo nature.
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