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TMDTC Specialty Classes

Attention & The Three D's –– Distance, Distractions and Duration

Prerequisite - Beginner Obedience 102, Dogs must have minimum of a one minute sit and down stay at 6 feet, and be over 1 year of age.

Proofing is a vital step in dog training but is often the least practiced. Many owners report that their dogs can do all the commands perfectly at home but when they come to group class, or taken to the pet store, their dog forgets everything they practiced. This indicates there is more work to be done with the three Ds; distance, duration, and distraction.

The three Ds affect almost any behavior. Dogs don’t generalize well, meaning if they learn to sit in front of you, they don’t automatically know that “sit” also means to sit when you are on the other side of the room (distance).  Many dogs will “down” then pop back up after they receive a reward (duration). And, the most important and challenging ‘D’ of all, is getting, and keeping attention in the presence of distractions. 

Class Goals:

  • How To Get and Keep Attention With Distractions

  • Get Behaviors Fast On the First Command & at a Distance

  • Duration Sit & Down Stays

  • How to Ween Off Food Rewards & Get Food Off Your Body

  • Recalls Over Challenging Distractions Such as a Hot Dog or Ball

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