(Closed) Dog Owners – need help with "Watch Me" command!

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Do you have a clicker? I hated the clicker and we don’t use it now, but we would put our guy into a sit infront of us and when he was puppy puppy (he’s 2 now) we’d put the treat up at our eye and give the command, get the eye contact, click and treat.

Eventually worked to treat and clicker behind back, wait him out (patience!!) for the eye contact and for him to look up to us, click and treat.

We now use “yes” in place of the clicker and he is pretty quick at giving us the eye contact, but it took a lot of patience and daily practice (even if only 5-10 times over a few minutes) and he’s pretty spot on now πŸ™‚

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We taught this using a smelly treat- something like the pupperoni treats, or pieces of tuna.  We would find a quiet place without distractions and I would take a small piece of treat and hold it in front of my chest/chin as I looked down at her.  I would say watch me when she would look at the treat.  So basically at first she isn’t responding to a command, but looking for the smelly treat.  Its the trainers job to associate looking for the treat with the command. Then I would give it to her.  After a bazillion repetions of this, I would say watch me with out the treat, and only give the treat when the command was followed.

Eventually when she could respond correctly to the command alone, and I could reward her with scratches we introduced distractions.  At first it was just another person in the room, then later a person with food or a treat, then other dogs, being outside etc.

I think the key with this command if you have a dog that is struggling is to start somewhere quiet with nothing else going on.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

This is so interesting.  Just curious when this command would be used?

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

oracle, that’s why I like the clicker to start, no matter where the treat is, it reinforces that they are offering the correct behaviour and a treat will come! My guy redefines food motivated and having that quick reinforcement of the correct behaviour in the clicker or “yes” let him know he was on the right track immediately and a treat would be coming from wherever I was holding it from.

Meowkers, our dog stops and waits at crosswalks/streets, and we wait for the eye contact (we don’t have to say watch me any longer) before releasing him. In basic obedience training that eye contact is very important in terms of laying a basic foundation when working with your dog πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I agree with the process behind the clicker.

We say ” look at me” and as soon as he looks at the proper place ( eye contact) we mark it with a “YESS!!” ( very excited and affirmative) then a treat follows directly after. It doesn’t take long til he gets when he/she makes eye contact, I get the treat πŸ™‚

I use it for example, on walks when theres an approaching dog , and I want his focus on me, I ask the command and give treats. I always have treats in my pocket on walks, because out in public are excellent distractions for “proofing” the command and it helps make approaching dogs a ” positive” experience.

Just start with it around the house in 3-5 minute training sessions ( you can do it multiple times a day, but its recommend around 3-5 minute spans per time), and then you can add distractions. It is a great thing to have under your training/trick belt.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@oracle:  You have some great advice! I really suggest for beginning training using a clicker, it really does help, we don’t use it anymore but at first it was great! We try to only say watch me (or any command) once, sometimes we fail but we don’t want our dog to get in the habit of waiting for us to say something several times before she does it, so we say watch me once then will try to get her attention up to eye level with either kiss sounds whistle or something, however sometime you have to say it again but I don’t just stand there and say “watch me, watch me, watch me” until she does it. Hope that makes sense!

@Eva Peron:  And agree we use watch me the most on walks when other dogs are around and we always carry treats on walks for rewards!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@oracle:  The way I was taught, don’t worry about the words to start with. Practiice holding the treat so looking at it means looking at your face/eyes.  Whenever the dog makes eye contact give the treat.  They should figure out quickly that eye contact= yummy treat.  After the dog is looking at the treat right away, you start to pair the word with it.  The trainer we worked with said that a lot of people struggle because they tend to assume the dog understands the words.  He prefered we taught a behavoir first and then paired the word two it once the dog was performing the behavior.  At this point it only took a few repitions of the word before the dog associated it with the behavior it was already doing.  

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yep, clickers are great because it offers something more concrete than just getting a treat. You have to start by “loading” the clicker. Just clicking it and giving treats. This doesn’t take long lol. Then treat to nose while saying “watch me”. Click, treat. Graduate that to just your finger (no treat). Click, treat. Then, finally, just the command and they should look you in the eye. Every dog is different! Mine would watch me and absolutely quiver in anticipation of that beautiful click and treat πŸ˜‰

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