“Find it” is a great way to help your dog visually disengage from someone or something. It’s especially helpful for dogs who tend to stare directly at other dogs (e.g. boxers, shepherds, and huskies).
We often ask our dogs for eye contact to get them to disengage from something. However, if a dog is really visually locked onto something, they are more likely to disengage by looking at the ground rather than to you. This is especially true in emotional situations. This behaviour replaces the need to pull on your dog’s leash to get them back. Instead, ask your dog to “Find it” so they come back to orient to your feet.
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