Stop start game

09/02/2022

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STOP START GAME

When your dog is getting good at walking nicely on a lead next to you, you can level up their training even further by playing the stop-start game.

This is a simple exercise that really gets your dog thinking about their behaviour.

Start by walking with your dog on a loose lead. As long as the lead is slack, you can continue moving forward together.

If the lead tightens, stop moving and let your dog decide what to do next. Wait for them to move closer to you which will loosen the lead. At this point start moving forward again.

Getting to start walking again becomes your dog’s reward for choosing to loosen up on the lead.

This game is great for when you start to transition to rewarding your dog’s behaviour with environmental experiences rather than treats as their skill level increases.

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