Step 5.5: What if I don’t want my dog to go towards that “thing”?

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Now, there’s another idea here – what if you don’t want your dog to have that “thing” or say hi to that dog/person? You can use the same process but instead of releasing your dog to interact with it/them, you can happy-talk or lure them away and reward. Keep moving your dog away and the food reward helps patch up the disappointment they feel about missing out on the thing/person. A U-Turn is another good option to use.