We see it all the time. A dog enrolls in a group class or private lesson at It’s a Dog’s World and does very well. However, as soon as their owner continues the training commands and routine at home, they have a different dog on their hands. Distractions become an issue for some owners who don’t know how to keep their dogs focused. Some distraction is good, and it’s important to work on distractions in increments. Training your dog, even with distractions can be done. Here are a few helpful tips:
It’s a good idea to take what you and your dog have learned in a controlled environment, such as their obedience training class and apply it to a more distracting environment such as a public park. Always keep your dog on a leash, bring treats in a treat pouch, and be consistent asking him or her to do the same commands and signals you ask for in obedience training.