When developing tenacity, trainers often face the problem of premature of the dog darting away. Sometimes the animal darts away when you depart from it, but in most cases it happens after the approach, or at the time of encouraging. The dog may get up, it may walk up to meet you a couple of steps, or simply sit closer. All this “lubricates” the exercise of skill and reduces reliability. One technique that allows making the tenacity proper is the use of so-called “provocation”. The essence of the trick is that we deliberately provoke the dog dart away, ensuring that animal get away from the place only under the “next” command.

When should I start to use “provocation”?

You can start using this technique, as soon as the dog become accustomed to seating, and you began to step aside from it on 1 or 2 steps, get back to the dog and encourage it. If you can do this trick, and the dog does not jump up, then it’s time to move on to the “provocation”.
? Stage One

Perform skill of seating with stepping aside from a dog on 1 or 2 steps and with tenacity of 3-5 seconds. If the dog tries to stand up, feed the command “sit” and quickly put the dog on the spot where it stood from. Come back, stand next to the dog and encourage it. After the promotion, take the leash in your hand, stand up so that the dog was sitting near your left leg. And make bold move forward then with a look as if you began to move, forgetting to say “next”.

I have not seen even one untaught dog, which would not dart away at this point. It is important to put the dog on the place immediately, giving the command “sit” and applying the mechanical stimuli. Try to step forward again. In the first stage you do not need to pull the leash, let it be swayed. If you do everything right, and clearly correct a dog?s mistake, after two or three repeats your pet will sit still then. Step back, and encourage it again.

Remember that the most important thing is to simulate the beginning of the motion qualitatively without giving the command “next”. The dog quickly learns to wait for the command “next” and does not move whatever you provoke her.

? Step Two
In order to achieve a trouble-free tenacity, it is not enough to make a step forward. At the second stage you are just starting the movement, but also stretch the leash. Now, when a mechanical stimulus (tension leash) acts toward a dog, your pet may dart away again. Again, adjust it. After two or three classes a dog learns to respond with indifference, not only for the tension of the leash, but also quite sensitive jerks.

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