Roxie is very over-stimulated once she steps outside, which makes walking without pulling
nearly impossible. We began our training by teaching her how to Heel, with the goal being
she pays more attention to us. However, the results were mixed. We then moved on to
clicking and treating her for either looking at us or walking with slack in the leash but, while
there was some improvement, we just weren't getting the focus on us that we needed. Why
not? We weren't as interesting as the squirrels, birds, and people. We then adjusted our plan
and broke out the spray cheese and almost instantly the playing field was not only leveled, but maybe even tipped in our favor. Roxie began walking right by us, watching us instead of scanning the environment. By using a reinforcer she was actually willing to work for made all the difference.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI