Step 1a:

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Take one step backwards away from your dog, count one beat, and assess:

  1. if your dog was quiet, say “yes” and step back in. Feed one piece of food and move on to taking two steps.
  2. 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!
  3. if your dog starts showing signs of distress vs frustration, stop this exercise and start working through the Happy Home-Alone Puppies course instead.