Teaching Your Dog to Pay Attention
March 4th, 2021 by Marlene Ring
A dog that can pay attention when asked can probably walk on a leash and come as well.
Here are some Tips to teach your dog to “Look at you and wait for further instructions”
Step 1. Getting Your Dog to Focus
Do this many times to condition the dog to the reward marker and the treat.
Once the dog seems to understand this fun game and loves to play you will see an improved focus in your dog.
Step 2. Getting Focus in the Real World
If the dog doesn’t look at you, try getting the dog’s attention by using a kissy or clicky noise. When the dog looks, click & treat.
Step 3. Holding the Focus
Remember, our goal is always a “well behaved dog”.
Many people teach their dog a “Watch” or “Attention” cue, this puts a cue on holding the focus.
It may seem like an insignificant command to have your dog look at you when you call their name. But there is a lot more to it than that.
What if your dog sees a squirrel and runs after it toward the street? He needs to be conditioned to immediately stop and look at you when he hears you call his name.
Looking at YOU when he is with the vet instead of focusing on what is being done to him is ‘necessary’. Especially if he is hurt. He could actually hurt himself worse if he struggles.
Control of your dog in ANY situation is the MOST important command you can ever teach them.