FOCUS

How to teach your dog to FOCUS on YOU in a new and busy and environment

By playing this one Simple but POWERFUL game...

Do you really struggle to get any sort of focus from your dog in a new environment, or in places where there’s a distraction?

  • Other dogs
  • Other people
  • Children playing football
  • The environment
  • Wildlife

The question often asked is “why won’t my dog listen to me when I go to…the park/the beach/the woods?” The list is long but, you get the picture.

The answer is so, so often the same, have you ever taught your dog HOW to,

  • think in the face of a distraction?
  • to show some self-control in a new environment?
  • be able to respond to you when life gets so exciting?

Because if you haven’t ever taught your dog those skills, they’re never going to be able to achieve real-life success. ‘Awesome’, we hear you say, ‘so, all I have to do is teach my dog how to think, show self-control and respond when life gets exciting…ok, how do I do that?’

Through the power of GAMES!

Why does playing games make such a difference?

For your dog to play any of the cool games we play with our dogs they have to do a couple of different things:

  1. They have to truly engage in the game and make some really great choices
  2. To make great choices they have to connect with you in a way they may have never done before…they have to be much more thoughtful

We want to show you HOW playing one simple, yet powerful game with your dog can help create amazing focus for you, even in a super busy environment.

Here we have one of our dogs, Style, she’s playing some advanced boundary games. We’re in a new place, and the video above shows that Style is able to maintain a little bit of distance from where I am.

Then we have Venture. Venture is just starting to pay a new game to her.  A game called ‘middle’. Here, Venture is coming into ‘middle’ position in a new place. All I’m asking her to do is be able to offer ‘middle’ in a new environment.

It’s a game we have played in other places and at home. It’s a difficult thing to do when we get to new environments, so all we’re looking to do really is play games.

By playing games in a new place, it’s one way to develop a relationship with your dog and that’s exactly what we’re building towards with our dogs each day.

When we get to a new place with our dogs. We want to know that they want to work with us and they want to stay with us no matter what is going on in the distance. 

For real-life success look beyond teaching behaviours…teach your dog concepts through the power of games.

Now that approach is a real game changer.

Enjoy the games…..
Tom & Lauren

5 comments

  • My rescue is a pointer X beagle and he is great in training playing games in the garden with no destructions but when on walks its nose to the ground and ignores anything I say and not interested in treats he just wants to hunt. My dream is to let my dogs of the lead in any and see them run and have fun but I have a fear of losing them or getting hurt. What can you suggest I do and what training I need.

    Thanks

    Jo

    Jo Vallory
  • We do play games with our dog Ruthie. She does like the games but gets very excited. It helps her attention to take her outside and run to get her Zoomies out.

    Marcia
  • My dog responds to me so much better in a challenging environment since we started playing focus games.

    Éva
  • Cosmos is a typical Heeler with every single behavior issue. He’s 22 months old and is very very smart. The issue isn’t him its me I spoiled him. My concern is he jumps on people barks at everything barks at nothing. What is the best training advice for this behavior?

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