How to Get Your Dog’s Attention: Look At Me

How to Get Your Dog's Attention: Look At Me

How to Get Your Dog’s Attention: Look At Me,Teaching your dog to look at you on cue and check in with you,  pay attention to you on walks is one of the best ways to start a foundation for all obedience training.

Turn attention giving into a game, so your dog wants to focus on you as much as possible.

How to Get Your Dog’s Attention: Teaching Your Dog to Look at You 

Firstly teach to look at you on cue. To do this, we set up a game that gets him to turn his attention away from you, then turn back. You’ll mark the moment when he turns back to you and immediately reward it. The mark isn’t a command or a cue best to think of it as a way to tell your dog what he’s done right.

Obviously he/she won’t start out knowing what the mark means, but after a few repeats he’ll learn to associate it with the reward you immediately give him. For your mark, you can use a clicker or a short word I use YES to mark the behaviour, Always use a normal tone of voice when marking.

How to Get Your Dog’s Attention: Here is what you should do

Assemble a set of 10 or 20 tasty, fingernail-size treats. Take your dog to a quiet place in your home and make yourself comfortable. Without saying anything, show the dog a tiny treat and then toss it gently on the floor right behind him or to his side. After he eats it he may spend a few moments looking for more. That’s ok keep quiet and just wait. Sooner or later, he’ll look at you. As soon as you see him turn toward you, mark it with a YES and Immediately feed him a treat.

Again throw a treat behind him/her and  wait for him to eat it and  to look back at you. As soon as he turns to look at you, mark that movement, and feed him a treat.

Repeat this pattern as many times as it takes for your dog to get the game. Make the treats high reward such as chicken or liver boring treats such as your dogs kibble may not keep his attention for long enough.

Pick a Cue You Want That Will Get Your Dog To Look At You 

The next session can take place after a reasonable break, or hours later it doesn’t matter as long as you and your dog ready for it. In the meantime, pick a cue that you’ll use to mean “Look at me.” It could be the word Look or, At me or even your dog’s name. Be fully aware that if your dog has spent a long time without having his name mean more to him than just noise, it will be harder to teach him that, after make sure that sound is  relevant.

For your second session, set up exactly the way you did for the first. Do a couple of warm up’s  and watch your dog’s body language closely. When you feel confident that you know exactly when he’s about to turn to you, you’re ready to teach him/her the cue. Just as he’s about to turn to you, use that cue. Over your next several practice sessions, the dog will begin to associate the sound of the cue with his act of turning toward you. The cue now becomes a signal that if he turns to you at that moment, he’ll get a  reward.

Reward all Your Dog’s Attention Giving

Attention that your dog gives spontaneously is a very good thing. For instance you’re walking down the street when he/she looks at you without being asked mark and treat the attention given, If he’s playing  and stops his/her play to come to you or even to look at you, mark and treat. The more you reinforce the behaviour of looking at you and checking in with you, the more your dog will do it, and the stronger his/her’s habit of attention giving  will grow.

Remember to practice this behaviour in different environments and mark and reward every time your dog looks at you.

How to Get Your Dog's Attention: Look At Me
Saber Checking in on the park bench

The more you re-enforce the checking in behaviour in different places, the more attentive your dog will become..

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