Trick: Make Focusing Fun

Do you have a dog who loves to pull? What about a dog who easily finds distractions? Or perhaps your pup feels overwhelmed by various stimuli? If so, we have a fun trick for you to learn: making focusing fun! And you can learn it right here in a group class in AWS Canine Training Classroom!

The key to controlling your dog is making sure they are focusing on you for cues and direction. Rather than bark at another dog far away, have your dog focus on you and what you’re offering them. Your offer could be your pup’s attention, a treat, or a simple cue to ‘turn around’. Of course, in order for your dog to want to listen and focus, you have to make it rewarding and fun!

Take, for example, two Making Focus Fun class graduates, Oliver & Andy. Both pups were avid pullers who could easily knock down their humans and become unruly when on walks. Both were easily distracted by outside stimuli. They would often become excited and overwhelmed by seeing other dogs and people walking about. However, by learning a few focusing tricks, both boys became much more tame when on walks. They learned to focus their energy and excitement on their owners rather than the distractions around them. We love seeing your dogs succeed!

Need help with your own excitable pup? We have a Making Focus Fun class coming up in early January. This beginner class teaches both dogs and their handlers how to relax, focus, and work in different environments. Through fun games and pattern exercises, you and your dog will start focusing together. Plus, you’ll build a bond that will make your dog the “apple of your eye!”

Watch Oliver and Andy remain calm and focused during this class exercise!