By Deborah Jones, Ph.D.
As a dog trainer there often comes a point in your work with any particular dog where you realize that focus is a real thing and you don’t have it. You have behaviors on cue and you have a dog that will work for food and/or toys, but you still have a problem. A BIG problem. It feels like you are doing 90% of the work to keep your dog in the game with you. You may resort to bribing and begging and cajoling and cheerleading and acting like a clown on crack to keep your dog interested in training. At this point you need an intervention. A focus intervention. You’ve neglected a key component of your working relationship with your dog, and now you are seeing the fallout. Luckily, it’s never too late to develop focus.
Focus is one of the cornerstones…
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