Just as when teaching your dog to sit on command without food in your hand, this exercise makes the same transition from using the food as a lure to using the food as a reward. First, warm up by doing the eye contact exercise as you practiced it last week, with the food in your hands. After one or two repetitions, bring the index finger of your right hand up to the corner of your right eye, without food in either hand, and tell your dog to watch ("Max, watch"). If he makes eye contact, praise him and reward him with a treat. If you're having difficulty, try touching him on his nose or the side of his face to get his attention, and then bringing your finger up to your eye. Be patient as you make this transition, and be quick to reward even a glance.
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There are over a hundred registered breeds of dogs. Recognizing the type of the dog is basically associated with its breed. A purebred animal belongs to a documented and acknowledged group of unmixed lineage. Before a breed of dog is recognized, it must be proven that mating two adult dogs of the sametype would have passed on their exact characteristics, both appearance and behavior, to their offspring.