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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 05:01 PM Thread Starter
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LAT? What is it?

Is this a good video reference for this training?

Can someone give me an old thread or some advice as to their experience with this type of training?

What do you do if they continue to stare at the object? and not focus back on you? not treat them? what about a delayed back to focus?

and really? how does this method work to prevent disastrous bunny, squirrel and lizard chases?

I've used something similar with my dogs to prevent them from chasing bunnies on our walks. If they see a bunny and ignore it when i say "don't chase" they get rewarded. If they chase it, well I get dragged after which they get e-collared it's to that point no where they ignore the bunny, bird, lizard etc now.

Do you think i should restart my training with LAT? especially while trying to socialize my dogs?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 05:57 PM
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Leslie McDermitt(sp) wrote a book called Controled Unleashed and has some videos that cover LAT. I've just started it with Frank, so I'm not an expert in telling someone how to teach their dog but it has really helped.

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You really should read the book and/or buy the DVD so you're sure you understand the game before attempting to train it. The video you linked to explains it pretty well though - it's important to start training in a low distraction environment with a neutral object until it's instinctive for the dog, and then you slowly add distractions. All of this would be done before using it out in the real world, especially around triggers. Once the dog understands the game, and you're playing it at a distance that your dog is under threshold, continuing to stare at the object shouldn't be an issue. It's also important that your dog "gets" marker training, either with a clicker or a verbal marker (usually "yes!"), so they know that the sound of the marker means a reward will follow immediately. So when the dog looks at the trigger and hears the click, they will turn back to you for the treat. If you have to, you can put the treat right up to the dogs nose and lure their head back towards you, but if you need to do that, you're probably working too close to the trigger and should increase distance.

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