You’re careful about what your young children watch on TV because you don’t want to corrupt their innocence, but what about your canine pal? If you could only have him cover his eyes during a ris·qué scene he’d stay virtuous forever! Okay, perhaps that isn’t the best example. But getting him to cover his eyes at the very least is a party trick that is guaranteed to get guests laughing.
On top of that, seeing to it that he uses his brain to learn new tricks in this manner will help him learn other commands easily too. It’s also a quick and simple way to help him blow off steam if he’s still not ready for a nap after a long walk.
The obedience command itself consists of just a straightforward word or two. The challenging part comes from getting your dog to understand precisely what action it is you want him to do. He probably isn’t used to covering his eyes so it won’t be a walk in the park. Having said that, if he’s young and eager to learn then he may get the hang of it in just a few days. If his schooling days are over and he hasn’t learned a new trick in a number of years, then be prepared to invest a couple of weeks into training.
It will be time well spent though, you’re sure to get a giggle from family and friends when you have your canine pal cover his eyes on command. It may help training him to ‘sit’, ‘wait’ and ‘lie down’ much easier too!
Before you work on your doggie eye patch you will need to gather several bits. The most essential component will be treats or his favorite food. The tastier the treat the more eager he will be to learn, so breaking his favorite food into small pieces is a good idea.
You will also need a quiet space, free from the distractions of noisy kids and other household pets. You will also need a handkerchief, an old T-shirt, and a small stick. Once you have all of that, you’re ready to get to work!