When we are out on walks, my Matt-Matt is able to become less concerned about squirrels if we play Leslie McDevitt's "Look At That" game. But my Dachshund Beagle mix, Puddin needs a lot more work. We have been successful in using Premack to regain her attention once she starts chasing. But for her, a basic foundation is not enough.
Before we start with squirrels, we should probably start working on calm around moving things that are less exciting than squirrels. Maybe birds, bikes, etc.. I have already worked on keeping her calm when I'm moving about. See the video here or below. This took months of work. I started with just asking for her to stay for a short amount of time. Then I start taking just one step back, then two steps and so on. Then I slowly started adding in movement.
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