Lyra is progressing well with her dog and movement fixation. Indeed, she’s doing much better than I would have expected, which means I have to be careful not to push too quickly or to be disappointed by setbacks.
She can play tug with her ball while another dog chases a ball, as long as I keep her engaged from start to finish.
In this video, you can see how I’m encouraging her to push me for attention – if she pushes into my space I will immediately turn to her and reward that behavior, both verbally and by playing with her toy. Demanding attention from me when another dog is present is a huge step for her.
If she stays focused on me when I throw a toy for another dog, I make a big fuss over her.
If she watches another dog and then refocuses on me, I’m even happier. That tells me she made a choice to stay with me/wait her turn rather than to chase the other dog. At the very end of the video you see this clearly; she watches Raika run after her ball and then turns to me to play tug. Happy moment indeed!
Sometimes I push too hard and I lose her. In these cases, I have to wait until she settles back in a bit before playing. Note that I do not throw toys for the other dog when Lyra is in “circling’ mode. That would guarantee failure.