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.
Was this article helpful?
Fundamentals of Dog and Puppy Training. Although dogs shouldn't be attributed with having human characteristics, they are intelligent enough to be able to understand the concept of, and execute, certain actions that their owners require of them - if these actions are asked in a way that dogs find rewarding.