A Cow on the streets of NYC!

Off leash in the middle of New York City
by MontrealDogTrainer on March 11, 2016 in General
I love that I can trust my dog off leash.  It gives me peace of mind and allows her and I a lot of freedom in where we go and what we do.

We really love to include our dog in our travels and try to include her in our travels as much as possible.  As much as we just love her company – as a dog trainer it is beneficial in providing me with different environments and work on her training.
A Cow off leash in NYC’s financial district
My dog is a country bumpkin & so am I.  We live in Saint Lazare, Qc and love it here – but I also understand the need to proof my dog around major distractions in order to make sure she is reliable when i need her to be.  So what do we do when in NYC – we hit the streets!
A well trained Cow off leash in the middle of New York City
Cow has been working on a new command I call get in line – which means to get in between my feet.
We can use this both as a recall command as well as a form of heeling. I taught her this command a fw days prior to our trip and she had only done it in our home so far.
So now we are out in distracting environments and working the command and she is doing great.
She also knows something I call “put em up” which means stand with your front paws on whatever I point to – so we took advantage of the NYPD van for a photo op.

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Springtime equals distraction training

Cow Clara Hughes Dog Training
My dog Cow a.k.a. Clara Hughes doing her “Put Em Up’ Command on a NYPD van in the middle of the financial distratict in Manhattan, NYC. You need a high level of trust in your dog’s abilities to obey and focus to remove a leash and know they’ll perform under such circumstances.

It looks like we are enjoying an early spring or at least a preview of what is to come.With springtime come distractions that were dormant durting our long sleepy winters. More poeople and dogs are out. Squirrels. More scents to explore.Many people find thir dogs coming to life this time of year and it is a great opportunity to work on your dog’s distraction training.Here are some ideas for you to help you improve your dog’s ability to focus under distraction:

Dog Training with Distractions - Pro Tip:

Find a location that allows you to work with your dog at a distance from a distraction. It could be a dog park or an area where people walk their dogs - you know your dog best - whatever is a distracting environment for your dog will work for our purposes.Pick an excercise that your dog knows well - it could be as simple as a sit stay or heel - it doesnt even matter what the excercise is - but make sure t is simthing your dog is familiar with so that she is comfrtable in her work - becasue distractions add pressure to thew work.Ask your dog to perform and encourage with praise and treats or play. Release - and rewards your dog.Repeat the excercise.

How to make distraction training easier for your dog

If your dog is having a hard time - work further away from the distractions and gradually increase the proximity when your dog is performing with ease. Think of the proximity to distractions like a volume dial - the closer you get to them - they louder they are to your dog.One last tip - don’t rush this training. if I see one very common mistake - it is the lack of time taken to develop a skill before trying to rush the dog to perform at what the owner feels should be the dog’s level of difficulty. It is better to prgress slowly and inside the dog;s comfort zone - building skills and confidence as well as trust in the training and the handler. One hand washes the other with this aproach and it not only builds obedience but also helps build trust and confidnce.

Cow off leash demonstrating great focus in Manhattan NYC practicing her “Get in Line” with tons of traffic and lots of people walking around.