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Can someone explain NILF to me?

What exactly do you do? I searched it but just got bits and pieces.

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I like this article, it explains it well:
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How long should you initially ignore the dog for?

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Are you talking about the "attention on demand" part? If so, you only need to ignore until the dog walks away and stops trying to get your attention. You can do it a little longer if you want, but you don't need to. Call the dog back when you're ready and give attention on YOUR schedule. Stop when you want to, release the dog and disengage by diverting your attention.

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Thanks for the clarification. I thought I read somewhere that you needed to completely ignore your dog for 48 hours only feeding him etc. Now where the heck did I read that?

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It depends on the dog. If a dog is a hardhead, maybe ignoring for that long will benefit his attitude. Most dogs truely hate to be ignored(especially the stubborn ones!)
I'd just play it according to the dogs individual personality vs days or hours.

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Thanks for the clarification. I thought I read somewhere that you needed to completely ignore your dog for 48 hours only feeding him etc. Now where the heck did I read that?
That's Social Isolation: Social Isolation

It's an optional step, you can skip it unless you think you really need it. I did it with Cassidy, but not any of my dogs since then. It did make a big difference with her though.

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Great NILIF article. I've not had it explained so well. Thanks for sharing it!
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