You’re out on your daily walk when you can see a dog approaching on the horizon. You haven’t got your dog on a leash and you know if he catches a glimpse of the other canine in the distance he’ll be off like a shot in their direction. If you can train him to look away, you’ll be able to quickly secure him to his leash before he realizes what he’s missing out on. It also comes in handy if you want to get ready for a walk and get his leash together without him going berserk at the sight of it and turning your getting-out-of-the house procedure into World War 3.
This training can come in handy in a variety of situations and is also worthwhile because it makes training other commands easier too. You’ll be able to have him ‘wait’, ‘roll over’ and ‘paw’ much sooner.
It might sound complicated, but training your dog to look away isn’t as challenging as you might think. The biggest obstacle is conveying precisely what you want him to do. Once he understands, it’s just about reinforcing the behavior with delicious treats. Some methods also train the command by also teaching him to look at you on command too, giving you another useful instruction. If he’s a puppy, he should be a quick learner and able to get into the swing of it in just a few days. If he’s older and not quite as eager to please as he was in his youth, then be prepared to invest up to a week or two into training.
Get this training right and you’ll be able to quickly divert his attention away from anything problematic. It will also help channel his energy into something productive that gets his brain going, instead of chewing your favorite slippers.
One of the best things about this type of training is that it requires very little. You will need some space to practice where you won’t disturbed, but the living room during a quiet period in the day should do the trick. You will also need 5-10 minutes to spend training every other day until the regime is successful.
Your dog's favorite food broken into small chunks or treats will also play an essential role, so make sure you have a generous supply. Once you’ve ticked those boxes, just bring a pro-active attitude and you’re good to get going!