Focus & Control
week 5 homework

Review

Continue practicing the skills from the prior week - try them out in new locations and slowly increase difficulty level (think about duration, distraction level, and/or distance from distractions):

  • Relaxation (Home Base or mat work) and massage

  • Engagement with you

    • Name Game​

    • Rewarding eye contact or looking at you

    • Capturing the "good" behaviors you like

  • Hand Target

  • Find it!

  • 1-2-3 Walking Pattern Game

  • Whiplash Turn

  • Run Away!

  • Go to your Mat

  • Open bar / Closed bar

  • The Look at That (LAT) Game

  • Tricks / Play

  • Continue to maintain management of your dog's reactive behavior

New behaviors / exercises this week

(Practice each in familiar, low-distraction environments)

  • Ping-Pong Pattern Game

  • Up and Down Pattern Game

Homework Items

1) Ping-Pong Pattern Game

For those dogs that may prefer movement more to sitting still or staying in place, this pattern game is a good option (perhaps as an alternative to the Up and Down Pattern Game)!

  • As the name of the game implies, this game bounces your dog back and forth a bit.

  • While standing or sitting, roll a treat to the right; your dog should chase and eat it.

  • When your dog returns to you, click and roll a treat (or simply roll a treat) to the left.

 

The game can be played with a little bit of space, indoors, outdoors, etc. – possibilities are endless!

The goal is not to completely distract the dog, but to provide a predictable activity to join in on as an alternative to other behavior responses to something in their environment (a distraction or trigger).

2) Up and Down Pattern Game

This game is a good option for those situations when you’re waiting – to take turns, to find out what is going to happen, or are stuck in place – and your dog needs some extra structure to process what’s going on in the environment.

  • Sit or stand facing your dog and put a treat on the ground in front of yourself.

  • Your dog should, ideally, eat the treat, then look back up at you (“Can I have another one?”).

  • Click when your dog looks up or simply put another treat down on the ground.

Every time your dog looks back up at you, drop or place another treat on the ground in front of you!

Your dog is definitely allowed to acknowledge their surroundings – we’re not looking to distract the dog, but give a familiar framework to acknowledge the environment from!