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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-17-2016, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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How do you train a dog to look at a target?

I saw a mouse today, and my dog was with me. I pointed to the mouse and told my dog to go catch it, she didn't look at what I pointed. I notice out in public I sometimes point to things and she doesnt look at what I point to. Are there any good methods to train a dog to look at something in the distance? I get her to look at me all the time but am having difficulty with this.
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I'm sure others can point out more specifics then I. But I'd not be comfortable trying that?? Your dog paying attention to you is the goal usually?? To me it sounds like you're trying to get your dog to pay attention to "distractions??" Dogs "bolting" unexpectedly is how people get hurt walking there dogs.
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I teach mine touch. It transfers to agility mostly. With Robyn for example I can say touch from across the yard and she will come and touch my hand with her nose.

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Have your dog sit next to you. Throw a treat low over a short distance, extending your hand movement in the direction of your throw. Practice various directions until you don't need treats anymore. That works for agility. The dog should be motivated by anything you point out though and understand what you think is so interesting . I would not encourage catching mice as they carry fleas and along with these, tapeworm.
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I'm sure others can point out more specifics then I. But I'd not be comfortable trying that?? Your dog paying attention to you is the goal usually?? To me it sounds like you're trying to get your dog to pay attention to "distractions??" Dogs "bolting" unexpectedly is how people get hurt walking there dogs.
Dude I saw a mouse in my hallway lol. I wanted my dog to catch it.

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Have your dog sit next to you. Throw a treat low over a short distance, extending your hand movement in the direction of your throw. Practice various directions until you don't need treats anymore. That works for agility. The dog should be motivated by anything you point out though and understand what you think is so interesting . I would not encourage catching mice as they carry fleas and along with these, tapeworm.
Yea I guess its good she didn't catch it. I did your method, then I planted treats in a room and pointed to them. She seems to be getting the hang of it. thanks
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I'm sure others can point out more specifics then I. But I'd not be comfortable trying that?? Your dog paying attention to you is the goal usually?? To me it sounds like you're trying to get your dog to pay attention to "distractions??" Dogs "bolting" unexpectedly is how people get hurt walking there dogs.
This means looking at 'stuff' on command. Otherwise no dog could work if they only had to watch their handlers.
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I think it can be useful in all sorts of ways to be able to direct your dog's attention wherever you want. "Watch" (look at me) is just one type of attention directing exercise, but there are others. I also teach "find it" (look for something on the floor - usually food, but can also be used to go find a particular toy, or retrieve something), and "touch" (target my hand with a nose bump to my palm).

One I train those foundation behaviors I can use them to train other things. Targeting is useful in agility, as llombardo mentioned, and also to train heel.

If I'm out on a walk with my dog and they're staring at another approaching dog I can say "find it" and drop a treat on the ground to break off eye contact between the dogs and redirect it to look for the treat. Once your dog learns that "find it" means there's food on the floor or ground, you can call it out anywhere and they'll come running.

My dogs don't need to be staring at my face 100% of the time to be paying attention - if they're doing what I tell them to do, that's paying attention too.

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