How to Teach the Dog Walk

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Equipment
Three planks - (borrowed from neighbours) 
A few housebricks - (also borrowed from neighbours) 
A nervous dog - (mine)
Half a cooked chicken - (mine to start with)
The cat from over the road

Method

Build two supports with the house bricks.         

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Put one of the planks on top and use the other two for ramps.

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Test the structure for wobble

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Put the cat on one of the ramps and tell it to "Walk on."

Catch the cat and put it back on the ramp. Tell it to "Walk on."

Get some chicken from the fridge. Catch the cat and put it back on the ramp. Wave the chicken under the cat’s nose and tell it to "Walk on."

Praise the cat and feed it the chicken. Get more chicken from the fridge. Repeat until the dog gets jealous enough to approach the dogwalk

Get the dog to follow the cat which is now following the chicken over the "dogwalk."

Put another layer of housebricks on the supports. Get more chicken from the fridge and repeat the exercise.

When the chicken is finished send husband/partner out for a takeaway. Send the cat home and give the dog lots of praise. Try it on the real thing at the next training class.

Note: Cats will not weave under any circumstances.
 

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