Look At Who? Look At Me!

👉👉Pro Training Tip Tuesday👈👈 Look At Me is a useful cue for your dog. Helping your dog build his ability to look at you instead of getting caught up in staring at something which may be triggering for him.

This cue will put the attention back on you!

The 🔑 for any training is practice. Practice is structured into our daily routine. The same goes for you! 3-5 minutes a few times a day!

✅ In between binging Netflix shows, practiced with luring Jack to do a head turn away from something to me
✅We practiced during our walks-he looked at a person, bird or car go by-lured his head turn back to me
✅We practiced at meal times-Red Porter would get him distracted (Jack turns his head towards him) and I lure Jack back to me.

This is how I coach you to spend time with your dogs! Sprinkling in bits of training and bonding throughout the day is:
🐾 manageable
🐾 includes real life rewards
🐾 establishes a routine for your dog

🤔🤔You may be wondering what is a lure? A lure is anything your dog sees as the high value-food, toys ect AND your dog’s attention goes to that object! If your dog is so excited for something use and save it for training! The goal is twofold: the more you incorporate what your dog automatically loves, you will then become the best thing because you give the best thing to your dog #Pavlov #bellequalsfood

Shaping behavior is also important because we are aiming for precision rather than perfection. As we are teaching new behaviors we want to keep distractions, distance and duration to a minimum. We then reward for any behavior towards the end behavior, in this case the slight head turn in Look At Me (shaping).

Have you ever learned something new? Did you fumble and get confused? Well, this is the same for our dogs 😁.

Rewarding the slightest of movements toward the goal behavior is encouraging for our dog! This will help him be motivated to keep working and that is what we want!

Once we become precise with praising at the time of the behavior occurring and our dog becomes better responders because of our praise, then we move towards incorporating more Distraction, Distance and Duration!

The video demonstrates practicing with higher levels of Distraction, Distance and Duration.

Increasing complexity after practice, practice, practice!

We are also having lots of fun which you can see Jack 💕

Get started and together we can help your dog understand what you want 🤩.

Published by houndbiz

Katherine Porter is a force free, reward based dog behavior advisor and consultant serving clients and their companion dogs worldwide. Her calm and gentle approach in coaching clients in effectively communicating what they want to their dog blends her MSW background into her dog training and behavior practice. Katherine was a behavior consultant for Heeling Hounds after graduation. She opened Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC when the military relocated her family to Fort Sill, OK in 2015. During this time, she volunteered with Rainbow Bridge Can Wait where she provided post adoption consultations to new pet parents. She also developed and implemented tailored behavior modification plans for highly reactive dogs residing at the shelter. She also provided educational programs to military children through interactive workshops at the Fort Sill School Age Center. In 2017, Katherine relocated Four Paws and You Dog Training LLC to Germany. She served the Armed Forces communities in Bavaria. She continued coaching and advising her clients in addressing their companion dog’s fearful and reactive behavioral issues. Katherine takes a Do No Harm approach first and foremost in providing behavioral plans. She is committed in serving clients with gentle and modern science approaches in modifying behavioral concerns such as reactivity, aggression, separation anxiety and fear based responses. Katherine is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is focused on integrating a holistic and modern approach in addressing her client’s pet companion reactive behavior issues.

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