This video is taken from our online course, Leash Reactivity with Tyler Muto.
Manufacturing cut offs is easier than you may think, and you can get creative as you attempt to figure the best way to prompt your dog. I often will to one of the following things:
- Use my "come" command (remember that runaway recall?)
- Make a novel noise behind the dog
- Tap them on their rump
The only thing I don't want you doing quite yet is using the leash and prong collar to make your dog turn. In the next module we will be covering the appropriate way to use the prong collar to assist this process. I really want you all to at least try to work with cut offs and functional rewards without the prong collar first, because it will really hone your skills in a way they may not occur if you resort to the prong collar right away.
If you are struggling to get your dog to respond, then you may be too far into their emotional threshold zone. Give your dog a brief break and try again from further away.