How To Build Great Engagement with Your Dog


Well hey there guys today we’re gonna
play a super simple game designed to increase engagement with your dog
getting your dog to focus and getting your dog to engage when you’re out in
public sometimes can feel like a daunting task but when you have a dog
that is all in it thinks that you’re the center of the universe it can be
game-changing for your relationship now for this game all you’re gonna need is
your dog you’re gonna need your dog’s leash so I prefer a six-foot leash but
you can use one that’s a little bit longer if that’s what you’ve got you’re
gonna need your dog’s favorite treat as well and you’re gonna need some sort of
word that tells your dog to get a treat from your hand I use the word yes or yep
you’re also going to need some sort of word that tells your dog that they can
access a treat that’s kind of off in the distance so you want to get clear on
what those two words are gonna be in my book I use the word yes which tells my
dog to access the treat from my hand and I use the word get it which says hey
it’s okay to get that treat that I’ve tossed over there so pick your cues grab
your treats and I’ll show you how we play the sprinkler game now the first
step in playing the sprinkler game is just to capture offered eye contact so
all you’re gonna do is you’re gonna walk out into maybe your yard do this in a
kind of familiar low distraction setting to start walk out in your yard and just
kind of hang out and try really hard not to talk to your dog not to prompt your
dog not to encourage your dog to look at you just kind of hang out the moment
your dog kind of gets bored with the environment and looks your way you want
to capture it say yes and deliver a reward so here yes and I reward from my
pocket yes and she’s given me a Down she doesn’t have to do that yes all I’m
looking for is eye contact here yes and that’s what I’m rewarding now once
you’ve got a dog like her who’s regularly kind of checking in regularly
making eye contact you can start playing the sprinkler game and in order to play
the sprinkler game all you’re gonna do is put your back to your dog as soon as
your dog kind of comes around front to check in with you
you’re gonna capture that moment with a yes and deliver a reward from your
pockets check this out I’m gonna just put my back to her it’s put my back to
her yes I’m gonna go this way now put my back to her she wants to leave that’s
okay I just ignore yes I’m gonna go this way again yes
I’m gonna go back this way the idea here is as soon as I put my back to my dog
they kind of circle in front and they check in with me now there’s one more
step to playing the sprinkler game now once your dog masters this and every
time you put your back to them they kind of cycle around to check in with you you
can start to make it really fun so here what I’ll do is if you’re in an
area that’s not fenced put a longline on your dog but if you
can let this leash drag and you’re in your yard and it’s safe to do it you can
drop this leash and then what I’ll do is I’ll toss a treat away so I’m gonna say
get it toss the treat away and then I’m gonna put my back to my dog wait for
them to circle around reward and repeat so check this out you guys so here all
I’m gonna do is toss the treat away I’m gonna say get it that tells her she can
access the treat that I’m gonna throw I’m gonna say get it throw a treat away
put my back to her and see what happens I don’t try hard not to encourage her
yes good and I might give her one more treats for good measure put my back to her yes and maybe two for good measure so
the idea here is we’re going to use some sort of cue that tells our dog that they
can access a treat that we throw away I use the words get it so I’ll say get it
and throw a treat away I put my back to the dog and as soon as they kind of
circle around to find me I’ll mark and reward my dog so again you’re gonna
start with just capturing and celebrating eye contact as soon as your
dog looks at you you’re gonna say yes and you’re gonna reward your dog and
you’re gonna repeat that until they’re regularly offering that eye contact and
then what you can do is start putting your back to your dog and rewarding them
when they circle around yes to check in with you and then once your dough gets
really good at that you can start throwing your treats away so you guys I
want you to go out and I want you to give it a try and I will talk to you
very soon you

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