Kay Laurence - Learning About Dogs

Should You Teach a Dog Eye Contact?

April 10, 2019 Season 1 Episode 7
Kay Laurence - Learning About Dogs
Should You Teach a Dog Eye Contact?
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Kay Laurence - Learning About Dogs
Should You Teach a Dog Eye Contact?
Apr 10, 2019 Season 1 Episode 7
Sue McGuire
For years, people were told that your dog must be taught to "watch" their handler and give direct eye contact. This episode debunks that belief.
Show Notes

In this episode, Kay Laurence and Sue McGuire dive into the belief that one should teach a dog to look at handlers in the eye.  For years, trainers were told to teach "Watch Me" as a way to make sure the dog was paying attention to the handler. This forced focus comes at a cost. Are there other ways to know if your dog is ready and able to receive a cue? This episode is one of many to come that will tackle "dog training musts" as pure fallacy.
There are better ways to teach dogs to seek cues. Here is an article and information on classes about cue technology.