The Watch Me Dog Command
The Watch Me dog command is exactly as it sounds—you train your dog to pay attention to you by watching your face. Mastering this command is important because it provides the groundwork for all other training.
Some dogs do not have a very long attention span so teaching this basic command trains them to focus and pay attention. Puppies are notorious for having a short if non-existent attention span, so teaching these simple words may not be as easy as it sounds. It takes patience, but most puppies and adult dogs can master this one.
The Goal of “Watch Me” Dog Command:
To get your dog to make eye
contact and focus on you.
Yummy Treats, either store bought
or homemade—choose something you know your dog will love.
Procedure for Watch Me Dog Command
- Start with the treat between your fingers in front of your dog’s nose. Slowly move the treat towards your face. You are luring him into doing what you want him to do.
- When your dog makes eye contact, praise him and give the treat.
- Do it again, but this time as your dog makes eye contact, say, Yes, Watch Me and give the treat.
- Practice until your dog will respond to your voice command, “Watch Me” without having to follow the treat from his nose to your face.
This simple command will be needed every time you want to focus your dog’s attention to learn a new trick. Think of yourself as a teacher. No good teacher would ever try to teach a lesson unless she/he had the attention of the students. Dogs are no exception—they need to learn to focus their attention too! if you enjoyed this discussion on "Watch Me", you might like to check out our other pages in the puppy training series.
Other Commands You Might Like to Teach Your Dog:
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