Are you stressed because your dog barks on walks? We understand the stress. Let’s help you create peace of mind now so you can enjoy your walks again!
I absolutely love the LAT (look at that) command, and it is super simple to use. When your dog wants to bark he will generally form an alert body posture. His ears and tail are up and forward.
His body will also be stiff and his eyes are fixated on an object or sound. This is the time that obedience is crucial. Salt Lake City dog owners have found clicking during this alert body posture can create your dog to look back toward you for a treat.
You are actually telling your dog “good job” for not barking when you click during the alert. So in other words you are only clicking if your dog is quiet. If your dog won’t look back when you click, your dog is too stressed to learn this alternate behavior.
Start in less distracting areas or set up your own distractions at home. This could be a person running in your house, a barking dog online, a treat on the floor, etc.
Make sure your dog is on leash so that you can control how far away your dog is from the distraction. When you are far enough away your dog will leasily look back when you click.
Practice this with multiple distractions until your dog readily performs the quiet behavior in the environment that you are wanting.
Now enjoy your leash walks because your dog is practicing obedience. Salt Lake City has many dog friendly areas where you can have fun with your dog.
Johanna Teresi, Obedience, Salt Lake City Trainer with Four Legged Scholars LLC, Obedience, Salt Lake City