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Training ideas // for a busy park, on a leash - help?

I'm looking for ideas ....

I hate using the excuse of, 'its too busy at my local park!' not to do training with (Logan) him more outdoors.

It's noisy and often very distracting for him.
I've been working on his eye contact with me lately while walking through the park.
Any other ideas of things we could work on, on a leash, ect.?

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What kind of training?
Busy places are great for working on attention, stays, recalls pretty much everything

if he is having trouble with the distractions - shorten up the distance on the stays ect

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baseball or softball fields
or an empty dog park
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You can practice a lot on-leash. I did a lot of that with Red in pet stores. And practicing with distractions is great.

We'd practice:
sit
down
leave it
shake
stand
focus/watch me
sit/stay - walk around the dog in a tight circle without dropping the leash, and the dog must not break position.
down/stay - same as sit/stay
heeling

Pretty much the only thing you can't work on on-leash (if his wait/stay isn't rock solid) is a wait/recall. Everything else you can certainly practice on-leash in distracting areas. Practice LOTS of focus - you can never do too much of that!



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A huge part of Cypress's training was done at home whether it be in the house or yard, and simply reenforced at the park.. If there are TOO many distractions at a park why dont you try having a few people over during her "training" session?? There are new faces and other stuff going on, but it wont be too overwhelming for her.. That way she'll learn to work around the distractions w/o the distractions being a bother to you.. Then you can reenforce the training when you're out and about.
Im not hugely knowledgeable on the subject, but that would prolly be how i'd try to go about it..
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The more distractions the better. I just make sure I've got a reward that my boy goes bonkers for whether it's string cheese or a rope toy. The reward has got to be superduper and only used in that setting so the dog associates going to the park to getting that yummy treat. Keep it short. I wouldn't do more that 5-10 minutes of obedience and then just enjoy the walk. With a lonmg line yu can even do recalls, but if the park is very crowded I would just work on focus and things like sit, down, stand, and heel. Hope this helps
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I agree with 2rescued. If I am hired to do a really hard job, I expect to be paid more than usual. You can always reduce the reward gradually as the job becomes "easier."
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