Regaining Your Dogs attention

09/02/2022

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REGAINING YOUR DOGS ATTENTION

There will be times when your teenage dog loses focus and becomes distracted by things in the environment. Sometimes these distractions can cause your dog to become frustrated, worried or overly excited. It might only take a matter of moments for your dog to go from seeming calm and relaxed to pulling, barking, and bouncing around on their lead.

Knowing how to spot the early signs that things are changing and what to do to help your dog can prevent them reaching this stage.

When you see your dog show interest in something, watch for changes in their body language that might signal they are getting worked up. They might start to stare – watching intently for more than a couple of seconds, close their mouth, hold their breath or shift their weight forward.

At this point proactively getting your dogs attention and moving further away can help them to cope with the situation better.

Subtle things like taking a deep breath or moving the lead slightly might be enough to gain your dogs attention again. If not you can try stroking the lead so your dog can feel the vibrations or moving into your dogs peripheral vision so they notice you.

When you have your dog’s attention back you can move further away from the distraction so that your dog can feel more calm again. Depending on how elevated your dog was getting you might even want to throw a treat to get your dog to move quickly away with you or sprinkle some food on the ground to get them searching with their nose, and help them relax.

Being prepared by knowing what to watch out for and how to respond will help you set your dog up for success as they grow up.

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