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  • Michael D'Abruzzo

    November 23, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Hi Marcus,

    For sure don’t be discouraged.  The attention getting exercises with the treats are only to get the dog started with training when there are no real distractions.  You wouldn’t expect the dog to give attention at this point with such an early exercise.

    The first thing to do to make sure you are on the right track is to go over the leadership exercises, since these are what is most important to naturally have the dog recognize you as leading and will more naturally get the dogs attention by making all your rewards more valuable..including working for affection.

    For sure do not lose you cool and take your time and you will progress.  Have you read through the self help section first before starting the obedience?  The attitude section will also be important for reminding of the importance of patience.

    Please let us know how you are doing with the leadership exercises since this is a very important foundation before expecting much from the obedience.