Learn to Control the Environment Instead of Micromanaging Your DogOct 18, 2022
It can be tough trying to manage a dog when there are so many distractions around. People, other animals, food - it's no wonder that dog owners often feel like they're micromanaging their dog. The truth is, you don't have to micro-manage your dog to train them properly. If you control the environment instead of trying to constantly distract your dog or correct their every move, you'll find that they learn much more quickly and behave better overall.
Before trying to compete with real-world distractions help your dog build their toolbox and have the necessary skills to elicit some type of impulse control when faced with distractions in the real world. There are several training games you can do with your dog that help prepare them for that squirrel that taunts them on your walk or that biker who flies past when strolling on the trails in the park. The little things add up to the big things that make a difference in your dog's decision-making power.
When first setting up training games with distractions you want to be sure you can control the distraction and not necessarily try to control your dog. These exercises should be done in environments that limit your dog's options to help set them up for success. Once they are making better choices change it up and move to a more stimulating environment such as outdoors to generalize the training games they've already mastered.
If you have a distracted pup and want help learning how to break down distraction training, stay tuned for next week's email about our Distraction Action! course. This course will open for registration next Tuesday!