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"Watch Me!"

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Teaching your dog to pay attention to you is very important. If you can get your dog to ignore things around him and focus on you, it will be much easier to teach him things. Teach 'Watch me' just like you would any other command or trick. If you spend time teaching your dog to pay attention now, he will be a much better student for all training later.
Boy with black mixed breed dog.

 

Young man looking into his dogs eyes to devlop a bond or connection.

Never stare into a dog's eyes. Staring is when you look directly into a dog's eyes for too long. Dogs interpret staring as a challenge and some dogs can get aggressive.

Looking at your dog's eyes for a moment or two is ok if your dog is a trustworthy pet. When your dog looks at you, it helps you to feel closer to him. This will help your relationship with him and he will learn faster.

Here's how:

  • Put some of your dog's favorite treats in your pocket or closed hand.
  • Stand or sit facing your dog.
  • As soon as he looks right at your face, quickly tell him "Watch me!", give him a treat, and then say, "Good boy!"
  • If your dog just won't look up at you, you can use your treat by holding it up by your eye just until he learns. See TIP
Jack Russel Terrier

little puppy TIP:

It's important that you don't show your dog the treat first. If you do, he'll want to look at the treat instead of you. At first, you might hold the treat up to your eye to get him to look up at you, but once he understands, only give him the treat after he looks at you.

Practice "Watch me" many times during the day. It may take a while before your dog understands. When you think he knows the words "Watch me", try it again. If he doesn't look at you, don't say anything. Just try it again another time. Praise him whenever he does what he is supposed to do.
Young girl teaching her dog to look at her as in Watch Me

 

Boy with Siberian Husky. Once your dog has truly learned "Watch me", you can take him anywhere and he will turn all of his attention to you!

 

Never punish your dog or yell at him if he is not learning as fast as you think he should. Your puppy may be tired and need a break. He may not understand what you want.

Take a break and think about what you can do the next time to have more success. Remember that your dog is not being stubborn, he's just learning.

Young man making contact with a golden retriever puppy.

 

Here are some of our favorite training books written for kids:

       

 

 

 

 

Obedience Lessons
Getting Started
Sit
Come
Stay
Lie Down
Wait
Walk on a Leash
Better Go Now
Off
Stand
Leave It
Watch Me
Be Gentle
Move, Please
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