Control Points

Posted on February 22, 2010. Filed under: 3. Trainer On Call | Tags: |

When training your dog, maintaining control points is the most important tool you can use.  A control point is a point in time when your pet is focused directly on  you.  They are not running around excited, they are not sniffing around looking for something else.  The best control point is when your pet is sitting in front of you looking up at you.  They should be calm, waiting for their next command.

When wanting to train a new behavior, start with control points to get your pet focused on you.  If their attention strays from you, bring it back to you by reinforcing a control point with a treat.

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