« on: Feb 25, 2017, 02:23 »
Out on a lead walk is such a great excuse to have fun with your dogs! Often we teach dogs to wait or sit at a kerb before crossing a road & children to look right, left, right before crossing a road.
So here is a 'game' to teach dogs to wait or sit and then look right, left, right.
This is also especially useful for stimulating a dog that is 'plodding' on the walk showing little interest. It's also helpful for a dog on lead walks only, perhaps recovering from an operation, or in season, and for older slower dogs that need a little mental stimulation. Or indeed works for a pup by holding their interest whilst still......no mean feat for an active pup!
Here's how this works, and it's easier than it seems. Ask your dog(s) to Sit or Wait - I prefer asking for a standing Wait, as I don't like to overuse a dog's hips by asking for too many lifetime sits - and with you standing next to him/her/them on the pavement or kerb next to a road.
You make a wide sweep of your free arm ( the one not holding the lead(s)!) to the right. Then at the same time as you are saying "Look Right" you actually turn your head and look right.
Then you do the same thing, this time to the left.
Then finally to the right again.
When you try this it's quite surprising how quickly your dogs will 'learn' and look to the direction you are looking in. If you notice your dogs even glancing to where you are gesturing you praise them with "Good".
It may not happen straight away as a dog tends to look at the owner first, reacting to your speech, (which is reward in itself). Once they get the hang of it - and to start with this means they've looked at you, rather than where you are looking if that makes sense - then it's time for the reward which is a small portion of their daily food allowance and of course continuation of the walk with you! And as a bonus you build a greater and more interesting bond with your dogs.