In this video, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner Juliana Willems is teaching her puppy, Austen, to pay attention to her on walks. To ensure Austen’s success, Juliana begins training in a small area with few distractions. Notice how each time Austen looks up at Juliana or walks next to her, she immediately rewards him with a treat while he is in the position she wants. Juliana rewards frequently to help Austen figure out quickly the behavior she is looking for. Austen is learning that walking next to Juliana is a rewarding experience, which means he is likely to spend less time pulling and more time walking nicely beside her. As Austen gets better at walking at Juliana’s side, without forging ahead or pulling, she can begin to increase the length of their walks and reward intermittently.
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