Attention – Layer 1

Objective:  The objective of this layer is to teach your dog that looking at you pays dividends!


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Preparation:  You will need 5 to 10 tasty treats

Step by Step Instructions Comments
Your dog can be sitting, standing or lying down when you practice this exercise
Put five treats in one of your hands and hold the hand with the treats in a netural position:

  • Behind your back
  • At your side
  • At your belly button
Wait for your dog to look in your direction and mark with a ‘yes’ (or click) Initially we are rewarding for any glance in your direction
Place a treat on the ground between you and your dog We want to set her up to repeat the behaviour
Wait for your dog to look up at you
Mark with a ‘yes’ (or click) and place the treat on the ground
Repeat three more times.
Get the remaining 5 treats and repeat the above steps If you are finished training, say ‘all done’.  If you are going to keep training, take a break and give praise or play with your dog.
Practice this layer in different rooms in the house.
Practice this layer when your dog is in front of you, beside you on your right side and beside you on your left side
When to Advance  
When your dog will orient toward you in less than 2 seconds
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