Eye Contact

Eye contact is the mother of all behaviours; if we don’t have our dogs eyes, we don’t have their brains! It’s important to reward dogs for visually checking in with us. It’s equally important to be able to ask them to look at us when needed. 

We teach our dogs to give us eye contact so that we can get their attention before we give them their next cue. 

Remember your parents and teachers saying “look at me when I’m talking to you”? This is why they said it!

Ideas for verbal cues: “look”, “eyes”, “watch me”, “focus”