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Mastering Distractions When Heeling




Heeling is complex enough! Add distractions and it’s an extremely challenging task for our dogs. It’s important to teach our dogs to have a positive relationship with distractions so they can be relaxed and confident in training and in the ring. In this webinar, I break distraction training down into small pieces so the dogs can be successful. Done correctly, ignoring distractions becomes a game. When dogs know how to win, it builds their ego and they become more confident and secure. Mastering distractions prepares dogs to successfully handle the demands of the ring. In this webinar, we will address environmental distractions, human distractions (judge and stewards) and barriers (ring gates, wall).