Video Training Tip from Janice Gunn
When you are training for competition, whether Rally or regular Obedience it is important that your dog clearly understands when it is working, when it can relax and when it should be standing by but still attentive. Too often I see students release dogs from an exercise and then see the dogs completely lose focus and start looking around, sniffing the ground etc.
This methodology will teach your dog to stay attentive and keep your dog engaged between exercises. Watch the video to learn how I teach switching between the modes.
This subject is covered in greater depth in my Relationship Building and Ring Entrance Skills Training DVD