Take one step backwards away from your dog, count one beat, and assess:
- if your dog was quiet, say “yes” and step back in. Feed one piece of food and move on to taking two steps.
- if your dog whined or jumped up, say “too bad” and step back in. No food for this one! Try again, repeating until you get a “yes” and treat like above!
- if your dog starts showing signs of distress vs frustration, stop this exercise and start working through the Happy Home-Alone Puppies course instead.