Working distance: what is it and how to work with it? - Wikipet
The working distance is the distance to the stimulus at which you work out with the dog. And in order for the work to be successful, the working distance must be chosen correctly.
For example, your dog is afraid of strangers. And on a walk, not being able to run away from them (the leash does not), begins to bark and rush. So the working distance in this case is the distance when the dog already sees the person, but has not yet begun to exhibit problematic behavior (growling, barking and rushing).
If the working distance is too long, the dog simply will not pay attention to the stimulus, and it is useless to work.
If you cut the distance too fast or too fast, the dog will behave "badly." And at this moment it is useless (and even harmful) to pull her, call, give commands. She is simply unable to respond to your calls and execute commands. The only thing you can do is increase the distance, thus creating a dog-safe environment, and then she will be able to pay attention to you.
The reduction in working distance is gradual. For example, your dog calmly reacted to a man on a distance of 5 meters 9 times out of 10 - which means you can slightly reduce the distance and look at the reaction of the pet.
If you work correctly, on time and at the right distance, reducing the working distance, the dog will learn to behave correctly and will no longer violently attack passers-by.
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