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What’s Your Relationship To The Distraction?

The topic of today is: What Is Your Relationship To the Distraction?

I was working with a Beauceron recently, and he had an incredible drive for the ball.  What I wanted to help the dog understand was the relationship I had with the ball. How his relationship with me made it very important to focus on me to get more of the ball.

A Real Handful

When I first started working the dog, he was very strong and a real handful for me to deal with.  After a few minutes of working with him and staying consistent, I got more attention.  I was able to reward him in a way that made the training even better.  That was exciting for me.

I did that first because the dog was really challenging his original handler. After that exercise with me, I passed him off to his owner and they were able to continue the conversation.  The dog was able to understand how he has to pay attention to his owner while he’s giving commands. And if he does that, he will get as much of the ball as he wants. 

My question to you is, what is your relationship to the distraction or things your dog wants?  If you can control those things, then show your dog that paying attention to you will get them more of that. Then you’re going to find yourself the beneficiary of a lot of attention from your dog. 

I hope this is a useful tip. Please remember for more tips like this you can go to my YouTube Channel or find them right here on my website at

Happy Training!

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