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Keeping the attention of a dog while training is not always easy.
Dogs can be easily distracted, and it is important to not allow the
training sessions to be sabotaged by boredom. Making training
fun for the dog and the human alike is vital to creating a happy,
well adjusted and well trained dog.

Providing random positive stimuli during the day is a great way
to keep the interest of the dog. Doing things the dog enjoys, like
walking in the park, riding in the car, and playing with other
dogs, is a great way to keep the dog’s attention and reward him
for small successes.
For instance, in order to reward the dog for coming to you, for
instance, ask the dog to come to you, without giving any clues
about a walk, a car ride, or other treats. After the dog has come
to you and obediently sat down, attach the leash and start the
reward. This can be either the aforementioned walk in the park,
ride in the car, or anything else the dog likes to do.

Providing some kind of reward, whether a treat, a special outing,
or just a scratch behind the ears, every time the dog does
something you want, is a great way to keep your dog motivated.
If the dog knows something great is going to happen every time
he obeys your command, he will be motivated to please you every
time.

Distraction training
When training any dog, it is important to not let distractions
disrupt the training. The dog must be taught to ignore
distractions, such as other people, other dogs, other animals and
loud noises, and focus on what is being taught These types of
distractions can even be used as rewards when training the dog
to come when called.

For instance, if your dog enjoys playing with other dogs, whether
in a local dog park or with the neighbor’s dogs, let him play
freely with those other dogs. Then go into the park or yard and
call your dog. When he comes to you, provide lots of praise,
treats and other rewards, then immediately allow the dog to go
back to playing with his friends. Repeat this several times and
praise the dog each time he comes to you. The dog will quickly
learn that coming to you means good things (treats and praise)
and not bad ones (being taken away from the park).

If the dog does not master this particular type of training right
away, try not to get discouraged. So called distraction training is
one of the most difficult things to teach. Dogs are naturally
social animals, and breaking away from the pack is one of the
most difficult things you can ask your dog to do. Most dogs will
be understandably reluctant to leave their canine companions,
but it is important to persist.

Training the dog to come to you may require some creativity on
your part at first. For instance, waving a favorite toy, or a lure, is
a great way to get your dog’s attention and put the focus back on
you. If your dog has been clicker trained, a quick click can be a
good motivator as well.

Once the dog begins to get the hang of coming when called, you
can begin to reduce and eliminate the visual cues and focus on
getting the dog to respond to your voice alone. It is important
that the dog respond to voice commands alone, since you will not
always have the availability of a toy or other lure.

				
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