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Old 03-29-2010, 05:35 AM
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Default Let's talk about focus

What do you do to bring out the best in your dog/s in regards to focusing whilst 'working'?

Any handy hints, tricks of the trade?

My girl is shockingly difficult to engage at most times. We have moments of what I call 'brilliance' usually at home when conditions are perfect. Abby just doesn't find me interesting enough.

When I do have focus, she is wonderful to train. But I need to go back to focus as a foundation I think or we will just keep stagnating.

She is the first dog I have tried to do any training with (my first dog outside of childhood) and I think she would be a difficult girl, even without her reactive, fear aggressive behaviour.

She finds tunnels and jumps fun, she likes to play as well, but she will switch off from food and from me if she finds something more interesting (a smell, something else in the environment).

Having a better focus would be helpful with the desensitisation process and other real life applications as well as just in general training (we do tricks, obedience, agility at home). Basically, in everything we do...

Also, she is pretty good on hard surfaces but take her out onto grass and she is just overwhelmed by the urge to sniff the grass. Even in our own yard.

I understand this is a pretty basic training issue, I'm at a bit of a loss because I try to be as interesting as possible without nagging too much.

What has worked for you? Suggestions, ideas, criticisms all welcome.
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