If you want to add in a verbal cue, I would add it while the dog is in the process of doing what you want. So, once they look at you for a second, say your cue (watch, look, whatever), then reward them. You don't want to add a verbal cue until they understand the behavior. If you say 'Watch me' before they have learned the behavior, it means nothing to them and can dilute it's meaning. Or they might associate 'Watch me' with doing anything BUT watching you.Originally Posted By: JohnnyBTo make sure I understand, you're giving the command (look/watch) before you get the look, regardless how long it takes to get the look. Then praise & reward. Right?
Sorry, this is all new to me. Hopefully next month with the trainer I'll be trained!
It's never too early! I started out with mine as 9 week old puppies. I didn't give any commands, just hung out with them with a treat bag and a clicker. When they looked at me, click/treat. You can also mark it verbally - Yes! or Good! Do several short sessions a few times each day.Originally Posted By: JohnnyB Also, at what age should we start this training (can you start too early)?
I tried the treat between the eyes way but Dante wasn't really giving me eye contact.Originally Posted By: Cassidys Momeventually they'll look up at you to figure out what the heck is going on, and that's the exact second you want to mark with your voice or a clicker, and then release the treat.
Originally Posted By: Barb E.I tried the treat between the eyes way but Dante wasn't really giving me eye contact.Originally Posted By: Cassidys Momeventually they'll look up at you to figure out what the heck is going on, and that's the exact second you want to mark with your voice or a clicker, and then release the treat.
It only took him about 5 seconds (Ok, it was longer than 5 seconds but much much shorter than I thought) though to look from the treats in my hands to my eyes to say "What's up?" to get the first eye contact.
I also trained it in way less time than I had been trying to train it with the treat to the head method
It doesn't work for me either, all my dogs never see the food and when it finally drops, because I can time it properly either, all they learn is to look on the floor for the treat.Originally Posted By: MiraculixI read somewhere that it's good to spit treats out of your mouth rather than giving treats by hand. This way your dog is looking at you rather than focusing at your hand.
I tried this and found myself mumbeling the cues. Any particular treats you recommend for this?