So why does this technique work so well that we have successfully used it to train private students as well? The reason behind it is that this behavior is actually natural for dogs. Looking away and turning away are calming signals.
It is not helpful or necessary to use any commands or try to lure your dog into not looking at the other dog. In other words, upon seeing the triggering object (in this case another dog) they will spontaneusly disregard it as long as the owner makes sure that there is enough distance between the two so that the dog-in-training doesn’t get stressed. Many dogs don’t trust their handlers and feel unsafe when passing other dogs. That’s why even after your dog has successfully adopted this technique it is important to ensure a sufficient distance and safety for your dog.
We have trained dogs who’ve had problems with passing other dogs with this technique for years and seen results as fast as in one day! Of course you have to keep in mind that you may also fall some steps back in the first few weeks of training but you shouldn’t let that discourage you. Training can proceed quite quickly BUT as hard as it seems, remember to proceed cautiously and in a calm manner throughout each step.
For this online class we recommend trying to find another handler and a dog, which doesn’t react to other dogs to work as a distraction. The appropriate distance between the two dogs will be decided individually (for some it may be 10m, for others even 50m). If this isn’t possible, pick a location where you can see other dogs but you’re able to distance yourself from them so that the setting isn’t too challenging for your dog.
By buying this product you will receive 2 messages to your email: a link through which you will be able to log in to the online class you have purchased and the log in info you will use to access the material. You always have to log in to access the material. The order will be processed and accepted manually 24 hours within purchase.
Watch videos below to see Jade’s starting point and how she behaves now when passing other dogs: