A dog who thinks squirrels, rabbits, bicyclists, joggers, and other stimuli are more interesting than you.
When higher levels of distraction show up, a dog tends to focus on the distraction, and not on their person.
Use the 3-Step to gradually increase the levels of distraction and teach the dog to always focus on their person by choice not because they are being plied with food or toys.
Live in harmony with your dog!
You should know that Sassy is not the same dog. After the better part of a year with another trainer, it is amazing to see the difference after one session with you. Our dog is calmer, more attentive and more responsive to your drills than anything we had yet seen. Thank you so much for sharing what you know and for helping us build the relationship that we want with our pet. XOXO
Jennifer and I would like to thank you again for helping us help Gordie to be a happier little dog. We’ve already seen a BIG improvement and we expect great things from him in the future. He is much slower to lose his cool, quicker to look to us for guidance, and just generally more relaxed and fun to be with. And Lucy is a total rock star. After walking from our house practicing the two-step and yo-yo drills she didn’t want to leave my side. She kept looking at me as if eager for more instruction. Thanks so much, this has been great.
Tenderfoot Training has been so instrumental to the happiness of our dogs and us. You know you have a well-trained dog when your dog stops and heels without a lead. When I was showing Radar outside with a lot of other dogs in the ring recently, the judge told me to go down and back with him. When I turned around to come back towards the judge, the lead had come off without me realizing it. Not only did Radar keep right by my side, he stopped when I stopped. Thank you, Tenderfoot!