Below is a video taken from this month’s Basic Manners–Level One Class. In this video, Animal Behavior Certified Dog Trainer, Athena Angelic, explains and demonstrates how to begin teaching this Cue/Command to your dog. We have also attached the notes for training for reference.
Look / Watch Me:
To do this, we place the treat directly in the dog’s nose then raise it straight up next to our eye, while standing back up. As you raise your hand give your command word, “Look.” Eventually we want the dog to look directly in our eyes, but to begin with, it they look anywhere in the general area of your head, say your “Good” (Reward Marker) and give the treat.
If your dog remains in position but is not looking at you, do NOT repeat your arm movements or verbal command. Instead, hold the treat in position next to your eye while looking at the dog and WAIT. You will wait 30 seconds to a minute. If the dog still has not looked, give your No Reward Marker or “Uh-oh,” move positions, take a breath, and then try again.