Originally Posted by lemonadeicedtea
This was how the supervised separation for our test was structured as well - my pup was led away from me by a friendly stranger. We also practiced it as an extended down-stay, asking the stranger not to interact with him, which worked really well (and wouldn't be a problem in the actual test, as I was told). We started out in very short increments, praised/treated for quiet/calm behavior, and built up to the 3 minutes required for the test.
yup. The most I was allowed to do was tell the dog they were good and then just stand there calmly. It really helped because the dog realized that he'd see if the owner left and he just sat calmly watching everything else.
The more people I meet and talk to,the more I love my dogs and their intelligence.
Zena GSD 6/1/03
Shasta GSD 5/5/10
"Dax" Thor z vom Weberhaus GSD 3/18/2013
Riley GSD/BC 1/10/05-2/1/2013