Be sure to train basic commands before you try focus methods. This may take several weeks but be patient and consistent. Focus is not difficult to train, it just requires a lot of repetition and placing yourself in different situations where your dog varying degrees of distraction to keep him challenged and growing.
You will need just a few things the teach your dog to focus:
i adopted freckles 2 years ago and i struggle with a couple things while trying to train...
i’ve never been able to get/keep his attention while we’re outside especially while we’re walking... it’s like he avoids checking in and looking at me. he also pulls on walks but we’ve been getting better (he wears a harness).
when we are inside (usually when we have the AC on and especially with storms) he shivers, whines, begs, paces and paints around the house and we can’t get him to stop, we try cuddling and petting him but it seems to make it worse.. there is nothing wrong medically!
he is a wonderful carrying dog, he’s great with all animals and people big and small. he loves to cuddle and sleep and is not a fan of toys at all but a huge fan of treats lol.
thank you so much !!
Very handsome! An excellent method that will help Freckles focus on your walks (and it's a great skill to know) is Heel. Use the Turns Method and the Treat Lure Method (vary it over walking sessions): https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-poodle-to-heel/. As well, work on his listening skills: https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-doberman-to-listen-to-you/. As for the fear, try buying Freckles a Thunder Shirt - they do work! Also see if you can distract him with a Kong stuffed with a high value treat such as mushed kibble with a few liver treats hidden inside. Try a diffuser with dog appeasing pheromones. Good luck and all the best to Freckles!
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