Sunday, September 28, 2014

Our Example Of The Use Of "Look At That" (LAT)

It took me a while to come up with the idea and it was amazing how quickly it worked.

We were watching a movie at a friend's house. We've been there countless times before. He has couple plants hanging in front of the window. He also has a ceiling fan which is typically on. The plants swing and turn a little in the breeze. This all has been there all along too.

That night, though, Cookie decided she was going to take objection with that oddly behaving plant.

She'd lay there and softly growl at it. For quite a while.

We figured she'd get bored of that and stop but we were wrong. Instead, she decided to get up and give it heck up close. We couldn't convince her that it was just a plant moving in the breeze.

To help out, the friend took down the plant and brought it into another room. Yep, I was still clueless as what to do about this.

Do you think that removing the plant helped?

Nope. There was still the other one, previously ignored, now getting its turn being growled and barked at.

Then it finally dawned on me (about an hour into all the growling).

"I'm going to try something," I declared and went to grab some treats. I was going to try the Look At That (LAT) and see what happens. We already did work on it and used it during the reactive dog class.

Cookie was already interested in the treats.

I took her under the plant, moved it a little and asked her to Look At That. When she did, quietly, I marked and rewarded. We did that a few times.

And that was it.

Just like that the plant stopped being a problem. We hung the other one back and it was no problem either. I didn't expect it to work THAT FAST but it did.

Cookie didn't bother with the moving plants since.

I just couldn't believe why it took me so long to try it.

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  1. I had not heard about the LAT strategy before, and this is such a great practical use example! I will start LAT with my reactive Zack dog today. It looks like it a real confidence builder when going out to busier places, so thank you.

    1. It's a really handy one to teach and use under all kinds of circumstances where you want to redirect dog's attention back to you or just put them in easy with something.

  2. I love LAT and have taken a couple of workshops on it's many uses- it can solve leash pulling problems! Still, I would have been like you and not have remembered that the simplest things often solve issues with our dogs until what seems like forever. Do the dogs wonder why things take us so long to figure out too? Thanks for joining the Positive Pet Training hop again this month. Your reactive-redirect journey has been so inspirational!

    1. I know Cookie has many frustrations with me LOL