Willow has discovered a font in the village. It's a big stone water trough that spring water constantly pours into. We've walked past it probably three times a week since we've had her, but a couple of weekends ago, we were walking with a friend's GR who loves to climb into it and Willow realised it wasn't just a noisy thing - it was an amazing game, too! Now, whenever we're anywhere near it, she starts to pull towards it and absolutely will not walk nicely past. The last couple of times, I ended up nearly tearing my hair out with stop/starting. Every single step I took forwards, she pulled, with no opportunity to praise a nice walk. It was a nightmare. The font is too motivating for her to concentrate even a little bit. Yesterday, at the end of our evening walk, we took a path that ended up on the road just below it. Of course, she started to pull. I again struggled with the stop/start for a while. Then I had an epiphany. It's one I've had before, but it often eludes me. Here it is: In these situations, it is absolutely fine to go back to square one of your training methods. I realised I was so hung up with the fact that she can walk really nicely on the lead, even with some pretty big distractions these days, that I failed to step back and think about the enormity of this distraction. She was so focussed on getting to it, that she was even worse than when she had a lead on for the very first time. So, why shouldn't I treat it as if she had never had a lead on in her life? We all know that bribery is bad and that we should fade out a lure as soon as possible. I'd already done this months ago, and so had a mental block about going back. As soon as I gave myself that mental distance, though, I realised that this was exactly what I needed to do. Square one. Not square two, trying to stream treats. That doesn't work when the behaviour is non-existent. Square one. So, I got a piece of chicken out of my pouch and waved it in front of her nose. Amazingly (not really), she walked forwards two steps at my side. She got the treat. We did this again. Again, success. A couple more goes and then I switched to the lure with one hand, but treating from the other hand. Then removed the lure. You know the procedure. It's exactly what you do when training any new behaviour. In less than three minutes, we were walking backwards and forwards in front of the font, streaming treats with her attention entirely on me. Then, she got to jump in and have her play. This afternoon, we'll go and give it another go. I just wanted to share because I'm sure that there are other people out there that have times when they get frustrated and, despite knowing that they need to go back a bit, are hesitant to go all the way back to the beginning of the training procedure. It works, though, and helps you keep your hair right where it belongs - still attached to your head.