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Cueing Engagement

Posted: 01-12-2015 • Length: 5 Minutes, 42 Seconds
Categories: Forrest Micke
Putting engagement on cue is one of the most useful tools that any trainer can develop. This simple skill allows you to let your dog know when it is time to work and when it is time to just be a dog. In essence, you can create an on/off switch for your dog. This is especially important when it comes to sport dogs.

While a verbal cue such as “ready” works great for training, you are not always able to use verbal commands on the trial field. For this reason, we use different things within the environment, such as the equipment that your dog must wear during a trial, to cue engagement. We train our dogs that when certain equipment goes on or comes off, it is time to work. Being able to let your dog know when it is time to work by simply taking off a leash or putting on a harness could be the leg up that allows you and your dog to be standing on top of the podium at the end of the day.

In this short video taken from our online course, Engagement Skills with Forrest Micke, you will learn the basics of how and why we put engagement on cue and use that cue when walking onto a trial filed.

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