Distraction MarkerThe distraction marker is a noise used to bring your dog’s focus back to you, especially in distracting situations.
- I start by making an unusual noise.
- When the dog comes toward me, I reward, then release again.
- It’s important to start in a low distraction environment, then gradually move to more distracting areas.
Cue Game or On/Off Switch
- You want to start by amping your dog up just slightly with some play. You want to watch to not get them over-excited, but engaged in fun.
- To encourage your dog to disengage, you have 2 options: If you're dog previously knows the cue to drop and item and has good success, you can simply use that cue. However, if your dog does not have a stop or drop cue that is reliable, you can also have a 2nd toy at the ready. When you disengage from the first toy, your dog will tend to look at you. When my dog has disengaged with the toy, I will ask them to sit or down and hold that position.
- The goal is to have your dog pause for a brief second between stopping play and then re-engaging when you cue or invite them to begin again. Over time you can extend that time in the stop or hold position. After my dog has held the position for the time I want, I will present the toy in an inviting way and tell my dog to to get it.
Check out this video demonstration Tug to Teach Retrieve which also has a great example of the Cue Game or On/Off Switch Practice
And here is a video that shows an On/Off Switch from Absolute Dogs
Wrap Up of Day 2
Understanding our dog's emotions can help us in a wide variety of ways! I also have additional resources available on this topic as part of my February Theme, Focus on Behaviors. Here are a few of the blog posts.
If you have questions, you can post them in our FAD Workshop FB Group here. We would love to see your videos playing the games and hear your feedback from Day 1 of the FAD Workshop!
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