How To Teach Your Dog To Look At You – Professional Dog Training Tips

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– Maybe you’re trying to getyour dog to check in with youfor information more often,or you’re just trying to teach your dogto pay a little bit more attention to you. Well, in this video I’m gonna show youexactly how to teach your dogto look at you on command. I’m Ken Steepe, this is Hippy Shake. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. At our training facility,we help more that 500 dogowners who are just like youto overcome their dog trainingchallenges every single week,so if this is your firsttime on the channelmake sure you hit that subscribe button,so that I could help youto have a well-behavedfour legged family member. When I was a student at McCann DogsI was always so impressedthat the instructor’s dogswould look to them forinformation so ofteneven in like a really busy environment,so today after I teachyou how to train your dogto look at you on a commandI’m gonna show you a couple of waysto reinforce those random timeswhen your dog checks inwith you for information,so that they start to do it more often. Let’s begin this skill by making it easyfor even the most easilydistracted dogs to be successful,so begin this by sitting down in a chair. Get one of your dog’s favorite treats,and then put it on your dog’s nose. Say look at me,and then draw the foodup towards your face. Now at the moment thattheir eyes meet yours,I want you to yes and reward them,but something that’s reallyimportant about this exerciseis that you want to rewardthem in a direct linebetween your face and theirs. So often I see peopletrying to get this right,and they’re rewarding their dogwith their head pointed away. It’s really importantand keep this in mindthroughout every step along the waythat we’re rewarding our dogswhile they’re looking at us. Now make no mistake about it. I understand that when I say looking at uswe know what they’re actually looking at,but when I show you how to fadethe food out of this skill,you’re gonna start to see your dogdoing an interesting thing. And remember, keep this short and sweet. You’re gonna yes the momentthat their eyes meet yoursand then you’re gonnareward them in a direct pathbetween your face and theirs. And at this point we’re readyto move on to standing up. Now your dog has more opportunitiesto make a mistake here,so make sure you keep thisexercise short and sweet. You’re gonna put yourfood on your dog’s nose,say look at me, draw thefood up towards your face,and then yes the momentthat their eyes meet yours. Your dog may get distracted at this point,and that’s no big deal. You’re just gonna putthe food on their nose,repeat look at me, draw thefood up toward your face,and then reward them. I can’t reinforce this point enough,but during this exercisemake sure you’ve drawnan imaginary line betweenyour eyes and your dog’s eyesand anytime that you’re rewarding him,reward on that line. Now during this step ofthe look at me skill,you’re gonna reward several times,and maybe over the next day,or the next couple of days,you’re gonna rewardyour dog multiple timesjust for looking at your face. And once you feel likeyour dog understandswhat you want from them whenyou would say look at me,you could start to draw thisprocess out a little bit. You can hold the food at yourface for a little bit longermaybe two or three seconds,then yes, and reward them. Now don’t challenge yourdog too much at this point. Remember, this is still abrand new skill to them,so if they’re looking awaythen you’re probably holdingthe food at your face too long. Just take a step back andshorten the period of timebetween the look at me and the reward. Once you’re getting your dog’s attentionfor several seconds at a timeit’s time to make this alittle bit more challenging. We’re gonna remove the foodfrom the lure during this exercise,so with no food in your handyou’re gonna put yourhand on your dog’s nose. You’re gonna say, look at me,draw your hand up toward your face,and then the moment their eyes meet yoursyou’re going to say yes,but here’s where thingsget a big more challenging. You still need to rewardyour dog at this point,so reach into your pocketor your bait pouch,or wherever you’ve got your treats,and then grab a piece of food. Bring that food up to your face,and then reward themin that straight line. Now, it’s really importantthat we’re yessing the momentthat they’re looking at our face. That buys us the timeto get that treat outto bring it up to our face,and we’re still rewardingin that direct line,but be really surethat you’re not rewardingfrom your bait pouch. That’s a part where peopleoften sort of go astray,and their dog finds it really confusingbecause now where are theybeing rewarded for looking?When you get that food outof your pocket or your bait pouch,bring it up to your face,and reward on that imaginary line. Now, like all dog training exercisesthis is all about repetition,so do this part of theexercise multiple times. With an empty hand you’regonna say look at me,draw the hand up towards your face,yes, and reward your dog. And you can also start tobuild some longevity into it. Give them a little bit more timejust like we did with the food. We really want to rehearsethat great behaviorof them looking at your face,and then being rewarded fromyour face, to build value. When you’re getting a great look at mefor several seconds in a rowwith no food in your luring hand,then you’re ready to try a test. Allow your dog to get alittle bit distracted,still in the sitting position,but let them look awayand then say, look atme, and see what happens. If your dog looks up atyour face, immediately yes,bring that food up and reward them. Now if they don’t look at you,and they’re still a littledistracted, it’s not a big deal. You’re just gonna repeat look at me,and then guide from their noseup to their face withno food in your hand. You’re gonna have to putin a little bit more workon the look at me skill at that point. Now that you’ve trained yourdog to have a reliable skillof responding to the look at me command,I want you to start to buildit into their everyday life. I see a lot of people do a great jobof maybe they’re workingon their sit or their stay,but when they return totheir dog, they’ll yes,and then reward from their face. When we have puppies in the house,we always have treats all over the placeand often on us in ourpockets, or whatever. When our dog checks in with us,when that puppy looks up atour face, I’ll always yes,and reward them in that straight line. It’s a really great way to reinforcechecking in for information,or just the act of looking at you,and it’s a surefire way toget them to do it more often. Now there is a time when I don’t wantyou to use your look at me skill. Sometimes, people feellike if they have their doglooking at their face asanother person approaches,or another dog approachesthat their dog’s morelikely to be successful,you know, not jumping upor remaining in that sit,but it’s actually quite the oppositebecause your dog needs to knowthat there’s someone approaching. Imagine if I were to say to youwhatever you do, don’t look behind you. There’s somebody coming,but I don’t want you to look at them. It just creates this uneasiness. Now, you can always reward your dogfor that beautiful sit in at your side,but it’s really importantthat you don’t insistthat they look at you. Your dog should be allowedto check out what’s going by,and who’s coming toward them,and you should be able to reinforce themfor making a great choiceby not going to visit those peopleor not going to jump up. I’m excited for you to have this skillin your dog training tool belt,and I’m real excitedfor your friends to seehow often your dog’s checkingin with you for informationrather than being distractedby all of the other things going by. Now if you have anyquestions about this exercisemake sure you let me knowin the comments below. Beside me is a playlistwith other grade one dog training skillsthat I think you’rereally gonna find helpful. And if this is your firsttime on the channel,make sure you hit that subscribe button. We publish new videos every single weekto help you have a well-behavedfour-legged family member. On that note, I’m Ken, happy training.

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