• Teresa Stanczak

    June 5, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Hi Chris,

    If you haven’t been training with a reward ie food or toy up until now, that is the starting point. For reference please refer to all of the phase 1 training videos in the self help section. This will give you a step by step system for basic training, which is necessary before using any correction.

    I had mentioned exercising her before training because you mentioned that she gets very distracted. Restless spirit can play a part in this but it is more likely due to the fact that you are not using any positive motivators to train (other than praise).

    If you do exercise her before training I would recommend not wearing her out completely. Just enough to take the edge off. Also try to break up the training into small time frames so that it is easier for her to focus. For example you can use a few minutes before her feeding time to work on obedience by using about half her feeding portion as a reward for things like sit, down, etc. Then feed the rest of her food to her in a bowl.

    Let us know how things are progressing 🙂