a dog is one of the harshest thing you can do to them,
so by ignoring your dog when they walk though your door,
your guests are in affect saying I don't like your behaviour
and I will not give you any notice. Once she is displaying
a behaviour that they do like (sitting down calmly in
front of them), she gets the reward in shape of a treat,
toy or verbal praise. If you decide to give her verbal
praise, be careful so that you don't get her all worked
up again, with your voice. Keep your voice low and calm
when you praise her.
also be beneficial to teach your dog more general
self control, to show her the benefits of a calm and
collected behaviour. If she gets paid repeatedly for
sitting and watching you, she'll try the behaviour
You can train this exercise at any time in any place.
It doesn't matter if your dog is standing, laying or sitting
down while you do this exercise. Hold up a treat close
to your head, say "contact" or "look" or another word
that you would like to associate to the exercise. As soon
as your dog looks at you - praise her with your voice
and give her the treat. The first couple of times you
do this exercise you will have to be very quick and reward
her for just a glance.
starts to understand what it is you want her to do -
work towards keeping her eye contact for just a bit
longer. Gradually escalate the time that she has to
keep eye contact. If you are diligent in your training,
your dog should, within 2 weeks, be able to look at
you for almost a minute without breaking the eye contact.
is great to have for moments like: stopping at a road,
before you let her out the door, before she is let to
her food bowl, before you let her run off after a ball,
before she is let of the lead, etc.
contact for dinner
As mentioned above, you can do an
eye contact exercise before you give your dog her food.
In the beginning this will be achieved by holding the
bowl behind your back, waiting for your dog to look
you in the eye. When she does, even if it is a quick
glance, praise her with your voice and put the food
down for her. Easy for you to do, but a very difficult
task for your dog, if she is keen on her food!