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Focus is the single most
important command to teach your puppy. If your dog is looking away from
you, he is listening to what he is looking at. Distractions are a large
part of life, and you need to teach your dog to ignore them and pay
attention to you.
You cannot achieve focus simply by your puppy's name. On a daily basis,
you will use his name for many different purposes. Worse yet, you will
probably yell his name at him when he is doing something wrong.
The term you will use to teach your dog focus will be a consistently
positively reinforced term. He will first learn to look at you on
command no matter what is going on around him. Next, he will come to
you when you call instead of running away off to who knows where. Here
are the beginning steps necessary to teach attention.
1. Begin training your dog when he has not had any personal contact
with you for several hours. Mornings are great because you generally
have had no contact with him overnight. A dog who has had minimal
contact is more likely to want to give you his attention when the
opportunity presents itself. Walk your dog before starting the session.
Do not play with him or talk too much, just put him on a lead and walk
him for elimination purposes. Afterward, take your dog back into the
house so you may begin his training. Keep a leash on him so that you
can retain an element of control.
2. Use food as a reward. It is very important that you know what types
of edible reinforcers will work on your dog. A hungry dog will be
motivated by food, whereas a well-fed dog may show disinterest. Do not
feed your dog his meal before training.
3. You will be teaching him to look at your face on command and a good
reason for him to look at your face could be that there is great food
falling out of your mouth. You could spit out little bits of treats at
your dog, whatever food works for him. If you have a small-breed dog or
young puppy, you may get on your knees and show your dog a cracker
hanging out of your mouth. When he notices the food, you can let him
take a little bit from your mouth. The dog must be able to take this
small amount of food gently, to prevent any accidental bites. If your
dog is too rough in taking this treat, you may hold the treat in your
hand, near your mouth, and give him small amounts as he looks at your
face while giving the command. You must eventually be standing erect
with your dog looking attentively at your face.
4. Typical commands such as "ready," "look," or "focus" can be used,
just be sure to be consistent with your terms. Your dog's name should
be used prior to giving the focus command. Making a little clicking
sound from your mouth after your command will help to teach your dog to
look at you.
Practice this constantly and reward your dog for it. Demand longer
periods of focus, as well as focus with distractions. Increase the
distraction level while demanding short focus duration. After you have
achieved focus at high levels of distraction, such as someone calling
your dog, you can move along increasing focus time. When commanded to
look at your face, your dog must offer continued focus to you until
released or commanded to the next task.
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