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    How do I teach Bellarina to watch me? I need to be able to get her attention at DT, for the stays and other commands.

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    We got taught to show them a treat, then bring the treat up next to our eye whilest saying "look"

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    Do you have a clicker?

    You start by holding the treat in front of your face and going "watch me" or whatever command you want. I use "look" for "look where I'm pointing". "Look at me" sounds a bit too much "Kath and Kim", will crack your class up.

    And you gradually move the treat away from your face and give it to her when she looks back to you, and say "watch me". If you have a clicker, click when she looks at you.

    repeat about 20 to 30 times a session, maybe between one and three sessions a day depending on how much time you have to work with her and how much she is willing to work. If she's getting bored and inattentive, switch to something else or give her a break. I count the treats out in advance and when they're all gone, that session is done.

    Ideally she looks at you when you say "watch me" no matter whether she knows there is a treat or not.

    For first session, not necessary to say the command. For later sessions, add it after you get what you want ie she looks at you, you click and say "watch me" and treat. And eventually you can say it first though when you're in the middle of 20 repeats, you're saying "watch me" in between, it works the same as you saying it "before".

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    I have a different method to Hy for teaching watch me. You need to be very well timed with a clicker and be ready to click the *instant* the dog looks at you at first. You can use your voice instead of a click but again you have to have immaculate timing.

    Puppy Preschool teacher wasn't happy that Batty was already watching when we went too

    First step, have a whole lot of treats in a container next to you where the dog can't get to them.

    I literally waited for Batty to look at me then clicked and treated (he knew what the clicker was before this too), 5 repeats later he knew looking at me made it click Did the same for another 10 repeats - just to make sure it 'gelled' and added the cue "Look". Another 10 repeats, saying look just before the click so the dog knows that "look" is the action of looking at me. Then I asked for a "look" when he wasn't looking at me to test. Bingo immediately looked at me.

    After that (took literally 20 minutes) we had a break for an hour or so, then I started asking for a "look" and gradually extending the time between "Look" and the click.

    If that doesn't make sense to you just let me know what is confusing you

    I use the word "Yes" at the same time as the click too, I only use the clicker during the learning/proofing phase then I expect the dog to respond to the command still get a Yes, but not necessarily a treat IYKWIM.

    ETA: For me this has always worked as a more reliable way of getting a behaviour than luring the behaviour as the dog is offering the desired action and I'm capturing it.
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    I was thinking I could use her name when I want her to look at me, so that I can get her attention quickly, or would I want use a different command for this? I want to do obedience, maybe later on, so would I have one command, 'Bella' to get her attention quickly, and another one, 'watch' for a prolonged look? If so, how would I teach a an attention grabbing look?
    I do have a clicker, and I use a clicker for all my training.

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    Just praise her when she responds to her name. Click and treat, click and pat, yes and pat or whatever method you are using to signal to the dog that's the behaviour you're after.

    I'm not one to wear out a dogs name, but that's just me.

    I don't say the dogs name before I do a recall etc etc but again that's just me.

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    I want to be able to capture her attention in a snap. it could be just the thing that stops her from getting hurt. thanks everyone, im about to try it now- as soon as she bothers to wake up.

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    AGB's method should be fine too.

    I think the dog's name shouldn't be used for any kind of "command" but if you get a nice ear prick when you say it, that's good enough for me. Good name recognition is part 1 of getting an "emergency recall" working but you need Name and Call command together.

    And "watch me" is not the same as "listen" or "come here" or "dog's name".

    Also I think of "watch me" as a close up command. It's hard to make eye contact (or be sure of it) at 100m but you can still call the dog's name.

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    If Batty is far away then I will use his name, but up close I ask for him to Look, without using his name at all and it works perfectly. It gets his attention solidly on me. The "look" "watch" "focus" whichever you use should be used when the dog is at your side, where you can reward as appropriate. Remember not to ask for too much to soon as well, just take it slowly.

    I agree with what MAC and Hy have said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    We got taught to show them a treat, then bring the treat up next to our eye whilest saying "look"
    LOOK! I use to say LOOK, to Tigga and his eyes went straight to the ground looking for his favourite toy - the red lazer dot. He went mad chasing that thing lol
    <a href=http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e170/mysnakesau/P1040826-1.jpg target=_blank>http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e1...P1040826-1.jpg</a>RIP Tigga

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