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Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: SF Bay Area
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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