Not only does ‘Sit & Watch Me’ improve your dog’s attention, it’s also a fundamental behaviour useful in many day-to-day situations and it’s very straightforward to train.
Sitting and watching can replace jumping on people, begging at the table, pulling on the lead to get to things and barking at people and other dogs to name just a few.
Our goal is for the dog to sit still, make and maintain eye contact with us. It’s also a pre-requisite skill for beginning Stay training.
Training ‘Sit & Watch Me’:
In an area free from distractions and with a hungry dog:
If he gets up at any time it’s really important that you start again from 1, 1-2, 1-2-3 etc.
Repeat this process in every room in your house and then go practice in the garden and try out on a walk too as long as it’s quiet and there are no other dogs around which would make it too hard for the current level of training. When practicing outside you may find some extra juicy treats will help get things started!
Try to fit in two or three short sessions a day.