Welcome to Part 3 of the “Let’s go!” training series for reactive dogs. The purpose of this training is to teach your dog to move away from distractions, including dogs, on cue.
This week, we teach your reactive dog to turn and move with you out on the sidewalk. This is a big step for dogs who immediately go on “high alert” the second they step out the door. If your dog can’t train on the sidewalk yet, go back to working in the backyard for a few days. Then move indoors and train at a window or door that faces the street.
In the accompanying video, we recommend working close to your front door. This way, if you see a dog coming, you can hustle your dog inside before she reacts.
Next week, in the final installment of this training, we’ll show you how to start practicing your dog’s new behavior around other dogs.