“Look” is a helpful command for serving to your canine acclimate to a brand new scenario or surroundings.
Is your canine simply distracted? Does he spend your whole stroll lunging at squirrels and barking at folks? Is he unable to to cross a brightly coloured umbrella or a taking part in little one with out wanting to examine?
In case your canine’s curiosity is slowing down your walks, there’s an answer. Coaching your canine to “look” on command may also help preserve him targeted on the place he’s going with out lacking any of the thrill that’s taking place round him.
Coaching your canine to look within the path of one thing novel, fascinating or probably even barely unnerving could sound nonsensical. Why draw your canine’s consideration to one thing that will excite and even upset him? Whenever you educate your canine to “look,” you additionally prepare him to return his consideration to you. This may also help to make novel conditions extra predictable and provides your canine a method to focus and keep away from overreacting to one thing that is perhaps scary or annoying — or simply tremendous thrilling — for him.
Look Over There!
Maintain an object your canine will probably be excited about — like a chew toy or a ball — behind your again, the place your canine can not see it. A toy with a squeaker or rattle might be useful for catching your canine’s consideration. It’s also possible to wiggle or wave the toy gently to catch his eye.
Ask your canine to have a look at you; as soon as he’s making eye contact, pull the hidden merchandise out and maintain it out to your facet, away from the place your canine is trying. Instantly mark and reward any look or motion your canine makes within the path of the thing.
Whenever you reward him, give the deal with in such a method that your canine has to flip again towards you (and away from the thrilling toy) to get his reward. To do that, maintain the deal with straight in entrance of your legs, on the stage of the canine’s nostril. This helps to reinforce the thought of taking a look at one thing after which shifting consideration again to you, which is precisely what you’re attempting to educate him.
Subsequent, add a verbal cue —“look” — to the habits. Say the phrase simply as your canine begins to flip his head within the path of the merchandise. It’s also possible to watch your canine’s physique language and notice when he’s preparing to flip towards the thing. Finally, you need to find a way to use the “look” cue to level out fascinating issues earlier than your canine sees them for himself.