I got this video by accident today so I figured I'd share. It's another way to approach distractions, who knows, it may help someone The usual advice when the dog finds the environment more interesting than you is to manage the environment, and make yourself more interesting. Which is good advice, but very often feels like a losing battle. There's another option, and that's join in We were working on putting tree climbing on cue (my dog is a weirdo, what can I say). She's engaged, working with me and then *poof* distraction happens. At this point I can "correct" her checking out by disengaging and removing the opportunity to work with me (which she finds rewarding). I can tell her "no" and go get her, wait for her to get back in work mode and carry on. I can call her back and give her an easier task to feel successful. All are perfectly appropriate and I've employed similar tactics countless times myself. Or, I can engage with her in what she is doing. This last option seems counterintuitive, but as you can see, it works. It doesn't take long at all and she comes right back to me, ready to work some more. This tactic works for several reasons, the biggest one is that it maintains your connection with the dog so that activity that initially didn't involve you, now does. With repetition, instead of a distraction becoming an event that disconnects you from your dog, it's simply another part of a whole larger conversation where you and the dog remain connected. I also like that for dogs like Penny who really does enjoy working, it eliminates that conflict between her desire to work with me and her desire to check things out. Too much feeling conflicted about working with me in distracting environments can compound and lessen her joy in working, something I obviously really want to avoid. So that's also a huge plus for me. Disclaimer, this has to be done in a safe way. I trust Penny's recall and desire to stay with me, and even if she were to take off, it's a known, familiar environment with minimal risk of me losing her or her running off in to danger. If I didn't trust her recall, this would all be done on a long line, or in a secured area. Oh, one last thing. Sniffing is sometimes a conflict avoidance tactic with dogs. When they're feeling pulled in too many directions, they sometimes 're-set' with a "oh what's this smell over here" to give themselves a moment. I don't think that's what Penny is doing here, she genuinely did catch a scent, and she wasn't particularly confused by the task. But even if she were trying to change the subject because things got too much, this is even more so a good approach as it can build her confidence and our relationship.