Dog Training: How to Train Your Dog to Focus on your Face.
Dog Training: Before you begin training
It is very important that your dog is trained to focus on your face even though there is activity all around him. For your dog to progress through the potential dog training lessons and eventually reach high levels, you and your dog will need to work as a team and this can only be accomplished when your dog is more than capable of solely concentrate on your instructions and if necessary become oblivious to the commotion around him. In brief it must be reinforced to you that your dog must be initially trained to focus on your face, so before you can proceed to with any chance of progressing through the training levels especially basic training of your dog, you must teach him to focus explicitly on your face.
It is a good idea to begin your initial training by taking your dog into a quiet, friendly and familiar environment where he will be least distracted, thereby obtaining the greatest level of concentration in order to focus on your face. Focus is the single most important command to teach your dog. If your dog is looking away from you, he is listening to what he is looking at. Distractions are a large part of life, and you need to teach your dog to ignore them and pay attention to you.
Dog Training: Be realistic in what you want to achievement
More often than not, a new dog owner will ask why they cannot simply use their dog’s name in order to achieve focus. The answer is that on a daily basis, you will use your dog’s name for many different purposes. Worse yet, you will probably yell his name at him when he is doing something wrong – much the same way your parents yelled your name at you when you were a misbehaving kid. Your dog is not a child, and if you scream his name at him in a harsh manner, he is sure to stop responding positively to his name and likely to cower and shy away every time you refer to him by his name, so it is recommended that you continue reading to find out more on this issue.
Dog Training: Force him to focus, and then continuously reinforce
The term you will use to teach your dog focus will be a consistently positively reinforced term. He will first learn to look at you on command no matter what is going on around him. Next, he will come to you when you call instead of running away off to who knows where. Here are the beginning steps necessary to teach attention:
- Begin training your dog when he has not had any personal contact with you for several hours. Mornings are great because you generally have had no contact with him overnight. A dog that has had minimal contact is more likely to want to give you his attention when the opportunity presents itself. Walk your dog before starting the session. Do not play with him or talk too much, just put him on a lead and walk him for elimination purposes. Afterward, take your dog back into the house so you may begin his dog training session. Keep your dog on his leash so that you can retain an element of supervised control of him throughout the walk and avoid any problems from him being injured from passing vehicles or more aggressive dogs or injuring other less aggressive dogs or scaring or injuring passing pedestrians.
- We will be using doggie treats as a reward for this exercise and ensure you will use the treats in small amounts as it is not meant to be used as a supplement to feeding, only as a treat to reinforce good habits or behavior. It is very important that you know what types of edible reinforcing treats will work on your dog. A hungry dog will be motivated by treats, whereas a well-fed dog may show disinterest. Do not feed your dog his meal until the dog training session has finished.
- You will be teaching the dog to look at your face on command and a good reason for him to look at your face could be that there is piece of tasty treat is falling out of your mouth into his. You could spit out little bits of your favorite treat or hot dogs or cereal at your dog – whatever food works for him. If you have a small-breed dog or young puppy, you may get on your knees and show your dog a cracker hanging out of your mouth. When he notices the food, you can let him take a little bit from your mouth.
- Typically commands such as “ready,” “look,” or “focus” are used. Any command you wish to use is fine, just be sure to be consistent with your terms. Your dog’s name should be used prior to giving the focus command in an effort to attract his initial attention. Making a little clicking sound from your mouth after your command will help to teach your dog to look at you.
So, the order of the procedure is: A) Dog’s name. B) Command – “ready”. C) Clicking sound from mouth. D) Reward as your dog gives you attention. E) Release from steady command – “okay” or “free”.
Dog Training: It is extremely important that all levels of dog training especially within the basic dog training sessions that you reward your dog with rewards – some type of dog treats, whenever your dog needs to reinforce good behavior and this rewarding must be consistent and rewarding need to be included with praise as a distinctive achievement throughout the progression of the basic dog training. It is important that do not use rewarding as a method of feeding your dog, as your dog must be given a balanced dog diet on a daily basis with the rewarding amount of doggie treats need to small amount which would not be an adverse influence on the amount of nutrition that he receives throughout the day. Above all to gain advantage from dog training you must make the training exercises fun time, and remember a young dog will only have a short concentration level, you will need to assess his initial concentration level and endeavor to increase his level of concentration as you progress through his dog training program.
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