Huge progress with “Forward Focus.” Lil is now able to focus forward on nothing (in partcular) and with a little more duration.

In this session, Lil is practicing “forward focus” while looking at nothing (in particular).   In the past couple of days she has begun to offer the behavior in her day-to-day life (which I’ve been rewarding) and is able to hold “forward focus” for a bit longer.   She is one smart little girlie!

For non-dog training fanatics, this video might be like watching paint dry but this is a very complex trick to train. Dogs have zero natural incentive to look at nothing so the fact that Lil is willing to stare into the distance for even a moment or two means she understands what I am asking of her and she trusts that she will be rewarded even if she cannot see me when she is doing the behavior.

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