Welcome to the second part of training your dog to “pay attention”. You can read part 1 here:
Dog Training – Getting Your Dogs Attention Part 1.
Continue with the same protocol and after fifteen minutes, get down on one knee to your dog’s level and untie the long-line from its collar, but don’t remove the collar yet.
Just take a few moments to tell your dog what a great job it’s doing. Give a good pat on the head and talk to your dog in an enthusiastic tone of voice. Good praise and a pat are all you need to do at this time, to help shape its attitude for the next lessons that will follow.
Time For A Break
When you have finished your few minutes of praise, casually remove the training collar and give your dog a little privacy to take a break and think things over. Do not leave the training collar on your dog when it is unattended, because the ring can snag objects and cause strangulation.
Your first fifteen minutes of training may have seemed unremarkable to you. However, if you followed the instructions accurately, your dog began to realize that when it’s tied to you, it must move with you. If it failed to learn that on your first day, you can be sure that your dog will learn it by the fourth day, since it takes the average dog four days to learn an average thing.
At the same time, your dog is going to learn something else that is equally important. It is going to learn that you have the ability to use sound judgment, as well as demonstrating a will that’s much stronger than its own. Confidence and respect for your actions will begin to grow.
Your second day of training should be same as the first day, except for the direction of your pattern. From your starting point, the pattern could be the reverse of the day before; so that your dog will not know ahead of time which direction you intend to take.
Depending on your particular dog, you may or may not have struggles on your second day. If you do, handle it as you did the first day. Ignore all distractions and just walk!
On the third day of training, even the most stubborn and uncooperative dog will begin to realize that nothing it does is going to deter you from going in the direction you want to go, and when you want to go. It will also realize that the line of least resistance is to follow you.
You will also notice, as you repeat the procedures of the first two days, that your dog will be watching you just a bit more closely. It is learning that it must move with you when on a leash. Your dog has learned that you won’t direct him of your intentions and since it must move with you, there’s only one way it will be able to be aware of your movements, is to pay attention to you.