Michelle’s leash pulling scenario:
To solve big pulling challenges while practicing loose leash walking:
- Be sure to follow the natural learning process. Use what you know about distance, movement and surprise (distraction theory) to make sure you find your dog’s success point in low and medium distraction work before jumping straight into high level distractions.
- Release the tension immediately and communicate on the leash with quick intermittent “pops” rather than defaulting to a tug of war that forces your dog to give in to their opposition reflex to pull back against consistent pressure.
Suzanne’s crazy puppy challenges:
- Learn to break transitions into separate segments. (and don’t move through segments of the transition until your puppy settles
- Use your posture and attention (or lack of it), your marker word and food reinforcement, to coach your puppy into the idea that you don’t interact with crazy puppies. BUT you immediately interact with a more calm and under control puppy.
NOTE: don’t work on recovery coming out of a crate until housebreaking is solid.