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Engagement Skills with Forrest Micke

Posted: 12-15-2014 • Length: 58 Seconds
Categories: Basic Obedience, Forrest Micke, Reward Based/Marker Training
What is Engagement? Why is it the first behavior we should teach every new dog, be it an 8 week old puppy or an 8 year old rescue dog?

These are questions new dog owners needs to understand.

In its simplest form, engagement means your dog is totally focused on you, it wants to be with you, and it wants what you have. What you have is either his high value food reward or his high value toy.

The picture of a dog that is engaged is a happy dog that is focused on his trainer and is inviting his owner to play. Dogs that are fully engaged ignore outside distractions, they ignore other people, places and things. A fully engaged dog will ignore other dogs or distractions in the environment his owner chooses to place him in.

If you are a trainer who wants to develop a relationship with your dog, where the dog looks forward to your training sessions, then you need to become a student of engagement. In this DVD, Forrest Micke will teach anyone how to get engagement with their dog. You will learn how to keep your dog engaged during training sessions and how to put engagement on cue.

Learning to put engagement on cue should be the foundation to every dog training program. That’s why we here at Leerburg will spend a long long time working on engagement exercises in different places under varying levels of distraction before we move on to more advanced behaviors.

For those folks who are still not sure what I am talking about, go to almost any local dog training school or class and look at the dogs as they take the class. The last place on earth these dogs want to be is where they are. The dogs in these courses are not engaged with their owners.

From watching the short video about this DVD, you can see that the dogs want to interact with Forrest. It’s not rocket science to understand that a dog that is in this frame of mind, engaged, enjoys what it is doing and is easier to train.

Then think how much fun it would be to be able to put this behavior on cue.

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