Before working on Shiloh's leash reactivity we taught her how to walk without pulling. First, we taught her how to Heel so she would pay more attention to us. Then we made sure to use a high rate of reinforcement so she wanted to walk with us instead of pulling us.
Charlee already Sits pretty well. Impressive for just 10-weeks old. She was also starting to learn Down, but you had to have food in your hand and touch the floor for her to do it. But today we taught her the "back saver" method - i.e. standing straight up while we give the verbal cue and hand signal - and she did it! Because of her age we had to take some play and potty breaks, but our goal was accomplished.
When I arrived Speedy's anxiety kicked in and she barked and barked at me, only settling when I sat down. But anytime I stood up the barking would start over. As our session
progressed I was able to teach her Down and Stay, and by the end of the night she was no
longer barking at me, but soliciting petting. Positive reinforcement at its best.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI