TIP #1: STEP BACK, THEN GO FORWARD
If your dog makes several training mistakes in a row, go back a step and make the exercise easier. Even if he is doing great, throw in an easy version every now and again for motivation.
TIP #2: CHANGE SHOULD BE GRADUAL
When generalizing your dog's training, remember that the change to your new training space should be gradual. If your regular training has always taken place in your kitchen, try moving to the living room. Work through the entire lesson plan in that room, then change locations again. How about the bedroom? The bathroom?
Once you've exhausted the options in your house, take a look at the next most gradual change that you can make. How about your porch? Backyard? Front yard? In front of your neighbor's house?
If you introduce new places thoughtfully, they should be dull enough that your dog can work off leash or with a loose leash with his total attention on either you or on the distraction that you have provided.
- excerpted from the Whole Dog Journal
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, CTDI