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Level 3

Working with the Ultimate Companion

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L3-DIS - Distractions Basics

Level 3 Games and Cues

L3-DIS - TOPICS

Tips for Working Through Distractions

Additional games that support working through distractions:

ALL Orientation Games

(Level 1 and Level 2 Games)

Pick Me Game

(Level 1)

Room Service

(Level 2)

L3-DIS - CUES

Wait - Front Doors

Confidence, Focus, Disengagement, Impulse Control, Thinking in Arousal

(also Review Level 2 Games)

Premack Testing 1, 2, 3

Confidence, Focus, Arousal Up, Engagement, Recall, Impulse Control, Thinking in Arousal, Reliability (Relationship)

Premack Reliability

Confidence, Focus, Arousal Up, Engagement, Impulse Control, thinking in Arousal, Reliability (Relationship)




L3-DIS - GAMES

Orientation Distractions Basics

Confidence, Focus, Arousal Up, Disengagement, Engagement, Proximity, Impulse Control, Tolerance of Frustration, Thinking in Arousal

Magic Hand

Confidence, Focus, Engagement, Proximity, Thinking in Arousal (Walking With Manners, Loose Leash Walking, Relationship)


5 Games for Focus

Confidence, Focus, Disengagement, Engagement, Thinking in Arousal (Walking With Manners, Relationship)

L3-DISTRACTIONS TOPICS

Working Distractions

When you are out and about and socializing, there are a number of "go-to" games to play to teach your puppy good manners and self-control. A dog that behaves well in public is a dog that does not get over-excitied. It's the dog that does not react to things in the environ,ent, but stays calm and ignore them. It's the dog that can keep focus- focus on his person and focus on appropriate choices of behavior.

YOUR GAMES FOR SOCIALIZATION

  • DMT (Levels 1, 2, or 3)
  • Reward Nothing
  • Calming TOuch
  • Orientation
  • Proximity Zone
  • Paws On
  • 5 Games for Focus
  • Premack (permission to interact but only when calm and focused on you first)

Seek out distractions, in situatiations that you can have some control over. Practice your games and work thruogh the concepts of confidence, calmness, focus, and impulse-control. Practice makes permanent! So make sure the behaviors your dog is practicing are the appropriate ones!

L3-DISTRACTIONS CUES

Wait at the Front Door - Basic Distractions

CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, DISENGAGEMENT, IMPULSE CONTROL, THINKING IN AROUSAL

Front doors can be a common problem for dogs. It is a place that is usually associated with higher arousal because it is generally the door where people come for a visit, deliveries or mail, or the door to go out for walks. Other doors can also pose a problem just like the front door depending on the associations.

Door darting, excessive barking, jumping, crowding are all common behaviors at exterior doors.

It is important to work these doors and teach manners and control.

Hopefully you have been at least practicing a sit at the door, as pointed out in your handout Setting theStage. Additionally, your In, Out, Wait Basics and Wait with Thresholds videos are the beginning steps to tackling the final exterior doors. Make sure your dog has mastered the steps in these videos before moving on. Premack is also a crucial teaching tool for doors! Using the Premack Principle, you teach your dog to "Do  ______________ (in this case wait) for me first, and then I will give you permission to do _____________________."

Wait is the idea cue for doors, as it gives your dog permission to move about inside the house, just not permission to go through the threshold until given permission. Impulse-control and setting the rules for these places is important! As dogs can easily get carried away and develop bad habits.

Here are additional tips on how to work through the front door. When working distractions, it is upto you to be creative and work different scenarios that are challenging but attainable for yourdog. The more variety you workwith, the better your dog will get. Note this video is still without high distractions and triggers.


Premack Testing 1, 2, 3...

CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, AROUSAL UP, ENGAGEMENT, IMPULSE CONTROL, THINKING IN AROUSAL, RELIABILITY (RELATIONSHIP)

Testing the Premack cue...

Is your dog truly listening to what you are saying? Can your dog differentiate between nonsense words and actual cued behavior? Does the tone or inflection in your voice make a difference? Does body movement prompt your dog to go before the Premack cue is given? If you run forward, does that prompt your dog to break?

These videos show you two more games to play to test the reliability of your Premack cues before taking them to the next level. This game also supports your boundary training efforts.

It also shows you how to start working some arousal levels with using toys.

A bigger challenge - combining both games…

If you are beginning to work on stay, Premack and its reliability is very important, as Stay requires a release. But, for your Premack games, work with a boundary so that you create difference in the Premack games and any mistakes made, and a separate picture with Stay for your dog, where you don’t want any mistakes.

Have fun!!

Premack Reliability

CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, AROUSAL UP, ENGAGEMENT, IMPULSE CONTROL, THINKING IN AROUSAL, RELIABILITY (RELATIONSHIP)

Now it is time to take all your Premack games and play them outside. Generalization is a super important step. And where you are going to need Premack the most is... well, outside! So you need to play it there.

You can use food and toys and work through different arousal levels.

  • Boost your value outside so you can compete better with distractions.
  • Be the gateway to all things wonderful
  • Build impulse control, focus and reliability
  • Have fun while teaching critical concepts

The magic of Premack is that you build so much value in your dog working for you, that distractions are no longer distractions. For example - deer where a huge problem for me, and yes my dogs chased them every time they saw them at first. But now, with Premack games, my dogs no longer care about deer. They are calm in the presence of deer, and they stay focused on me. And that feels so amazing!

That's powerful stuff!

L3-DISTRACTION GAMES

Orientation with Basic Distractions

CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, AROUSAL UP, DISENGAGEMENT, ENGAGEMENT, PROXIMITY, IMPULSE CONTROL, THINKING IN AROUSAL, RELIABILITY (RECALL, WALKING WITH MANNERS, RELATIONSHIP)

Something that can be difficult for young dogs is listening and behaving properly when facing a distraction. So it is important to play games that reinforce the behaviors we want - orienting to you, staying close to you, looking at you... when facing all those interesting, exciting or strange things out in the real world.

These games help to assist your dog in learning how to manage his/her own behavior and learn impulse control. And in theprocess, boost confidence, optimism and your relationship with your dog.

These games teach impulse control, good decision making on your dog's part, the value of choosing you over other things, proximity, orienting back to you focus (on you) so that you are always in the picture... Super amazing stuff!

It also supports loose leash walking and the recall.

This is the beginning stages of teaching you dog how to handle a temptation... that things are "by permission" not "up for grabs." That checking in with your first and waiting for you to say if itis okay or not - that is impulse control!


Orientation Reminder (Games from Level 1 and Level 2)

Orientation, and all the games that go with it, is your number one behavior for your dog to learn how to handle distractions, both on the leash and off. Make sure that you play orientation games often and utilize them in daily play so that the behavior is strong. This will immensely help you when you begin working through distractions. Stack rewards with orientation games and use toys as well as food for rewards.


Magic Hand

CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, AROUSAL UP, ENGAGEMENT, PROXIMITY, IMPULSE CONTROL, THINKING IN AROUSAL (RECALL, WALKING WITH MANNERS, LOOSE LEASH WALKING, RELATIONSHIP)

This game is so amazing and fun! And it has so many applications.

I've played this game with my dogs that worry with thunder and lightning and it helps them focus and play through it.

I also play this game to get my dogs past certain distractions. We also played as a warm up and focus game when at competitions. We also play it for fun during outside play time. They love the catching!

This gameis super for building focus (especially when you use a release to end the game) and value in proximity. And, it is very helpful for teaching some basics of heel in a fun way. This game also supports loose leash walking and can even help with recall. And then to top it off, it builds your dogs ability to ignore and work through distractions.

First teach your dog how to catch. Catching is a great game to play to help work through distractions. But, it takes time for dogs to learn how to catch, especially small treats. So catch is the first order of business and this may take a lot of time for your dog to master.


5 Games for Focus

CONFIDENCE, FOCUS, AROUSAL UP, DISENGAGEMENT, ENGAGEMENT, THINKING IN AROUSAL (RELATIONSHIP)

These are fun games that you can play anytime and anywhere. They are simple and quick! Boost your dog's focus with you while out and about with any of these quick 1-minute games...