Practice at one level (for example, you being one metre away from your dog for 20 seconds) five times. If your dog is comfortable in these conditions, increase the distance and/or the time period –Push. (You’ll know whether the distance or the time period is the major factor for your dog - some dogs don’t mind the distance you are away so long as the time period is short or vice versa.)
If your dog is comfortable in these conditions for only three or four of the practice sessions, stay at this level for another five practice sessions –Stick.
If your dog is successful in less than two of the five practice sessions, make it easier for your dog –Drop. (For example, you being one metre away from your dog for 10 seconds.)
It's common in many places in the world for dogs to roam freely through streets; dogs with a home with humans to go to and dogs living completely independent lives. Forty-five years ago when I was a child living in regional Victorian towns, letting your dog roam during the daytime was pretty common too.
Ever wondered about that free-roaming canine lifestyle?
Lockdown is a good time to explore those quirky interests.
Marco Ojeda and Chrissi Schranz recently presented awebinar on this topicfor the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy and the webinar is freely available.
Here's another rabbit hole you might want to pop your head into:
Last time we had a recipe from theProud Dog Mom. This time it's the turn of theCrazy Dog Mom.
Check out the simple method ofturning sliced banana into treatsthat last a week and can be enjoyed by you too.
Fenzi Dog Sports Academy (as the name suggests :-) has a large body of online courses for the dog sport enthusiast (Agility, Treiball, Lure Coursing, Dock Diving, etc), but they also have a variety ofpet dog skills programsalso. These online courses are presented by many excellent presenters, including dog training gurus likeSuzanne Clothier. There's also apodcast and blog.
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