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Cleo is almost 6 months old and we are continuing to work on our loose leash walking skills. She gets very excited to meet other dogs, people walking, joggers, etc. She'll spot something, even across the street and moving in our direction, or even a person in the distance carrying groceries into their house. She'll become alert, and start to get super-happy, as if she's about to meet her favorite celebrity. If i let her get closer, there's a point at which she starts jumping playfully toward whatever it is.

Instead, I'm trying not to let her get close enough to want to jump, and I reward her for the first moment she looks at the person/dog and does not pull toward them, and looking back at me in that situation. The longer she manages this, the longer i continue to give her treats as the "threat" passes. My goal is to gradually be able to get closer to these distractions without her pulling and jumping.

She will often sit, even though panting with excitement, and i give her treats. When the moment has passed, and the distraction moves away, and we start walking again, I will continue giving her treats every few steps for a minute or two if she keeps walking with me without pulling. She is still very excited, though, and in the process of taking a treat from me, she occasionally nips one of my fingers that's holding the treat. Usually she has a very soft mouth and there is no problem, but i think she forgets to pay attention to that at times when she's still excited over the dog or whatever that is now moving away from us.

I've tried different ways of holding the treats, but i can't figure out a way that doesn't put my fingertips in jeopardy! Any suggestions?
 

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Thank you, these are great suggestions! I have done Look at That with her, but it's been a while, so i should brush up. That is sort of the principle of what i'm trying to do when there's a big distraction. When she looks at the other dog, I click, and then she looks at me, and i give her a treat. Similarly, when we're walking, i give her a treat when she looks up at me to check in (i usually don't click while we're moving; i find it too difficult to juggle). I might miss sometimes when she looks, but I pay extra note when we're moving away from a distraction so I can reward her for moving away and returning her attention to me. I don't think that's luring, is it? because i'm not holding out the treat to get her to do the behavior, but giving her a treat when she's done the behavior.

I will try some of these methods to get her to stop and think about what she's doing so she doesn't nip my finger when i hand her a treat--i think the problem is it is hard for her to calm down at those times that i'm targeting, which is the reason i'm working on it with her to begin with. The more we do it, the faster she should be able to get her act together, I hope.
 
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