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Pattern games for dogs

Side to Side Pattern game


Pattern games are a great, fun training tool for dogs who suffer from anxiety, reactivity, focusing, and over-arousal. These games provide stability and predictability and can help dogs to stay under threshold at times they may struggle to do so. As with all training, start practicing this in a quiet, low-distraction environment and slowly increase distractions as and when your dog is ready.

  • Have a handful of treats (or part of your dogs daily kibble allowance whilst working inside in low distractions)

  • Place a treat in front of you on the floor for your dog to eat

  • Wait for your dog to look up at you before placing a treat to the side of you on the floor for them to eat

  • Wait for your dog to look up at you before placing a treat the other side of you for your dog to eat

  • Keep swapping sides each time your dog looks at you.

  • You can progress with this to tossing a treat away from you for your dog to eat and waiting for them to orientate back to you before tossing one the other way

  • Gradually increase either to tossing treats or increasing distractions - do not do both at once

  • Always work at your dogs pace. If they are starting to struggle simply rewind training back to where they are working well before moving on again.



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