Workshop: Dealing with Distractions

June 27, 2021
Sunday 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Joanne Bignoux McMahon

Once a dog has learned his or her basic manners, it’s beneficial to help them learn to respond to their human even in distracting situations.  This workshop will cover the concepts of how distance, duration, and difficulty effect your dog’s reaction to distractions.  We’ll discuss how to help them learn to give attention back to you when they are interested in something with a strong emphasis on helping them believe that you are more exciting than the resident squirrels.

Enrolled dogs should have been introduced to basic manners such as sit, down, stay, come, and leave it, and should be under control in the presence of other dogs and humans. Dogs must be up-to-date on vaccinations and at least 4 months old. This workshop is not appropriate for dogs who are reactive to people or other dogs (frantic barking/lunging/pulling).

Please bring:

  • Dog wearing flat or or martingale collar, and front or back clip harness if desired
  • 4-6 ft leash, no retractable or flexi-leads
  • Plenty of soft/stinky treats that your dog loves – e.g. hot dogs, cheese, chicken
  • Something to carry treats such as a training pouch, fanny pack, or pockets (plastic sandwich bags will not work well)

90 minute workshop with dogs in Smoky’s Training Center

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