Watch Me

This command teaches your dog to pay attention to you. When your dog can pay attention to you, he can focus on you and ignore distractions, plus he can follow any additional commands you give him. To teach this command, have your dog on leash and hold the leash close to the dog with one hand (to keep the dog from jumping on you or dashing away). Hold a treat in the other hand and let your dog smell it. Then tell him, "Fido, watch me!" and take the treat from his nose to your chin. As his eyes follow the treat to your face, praise him—"Good boy to watch me! Yeah!"—and then pop the treat in his mouth.

Repeat five times for this training session and then quit. Come back later and do it again five times. When your dog seems to understand, hold his leash loosely, stand up, and ask for a Watch Me. After about a week of practice, do the Watch Me as you walk one or two steps (and that's all for now) with your dog. When he understands and is doing it well, gradually add more distractions. When you find him Hold the leash close as you use a treat to get your looking at you and you haven't given him a dog's ^cernwn "Fido, watch me!" Be^ a &eat command, praise him anyway!

Pyrenees, owned by Janine Staudt.

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Pit Bulls as Pets

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