You’ve taken him out for his morning walk and you’ve just reached his favorite pond. You launch his tennis ball into the water that he’s eagerly been waiting for. He plunges into the pond and makes his way across the water to get it. Unfortunately, he can’t see the ball as well as you can from above and is struggling to locate it. You know it’s directly to his left, but you have no way of directing him there. This is a common occurrence and being able to get him to look left and right would quickly alleviate the problem.
If you’re big on doggie road safety you could even have him check his left and right before he crosses the road! Not to mention it makes for a pretty awesome trick for when guests are over. A dog that can look left and right is guaranteed to feature on Snapchat stories all over the state.
You’d be surprised to learn that, although you don’t encounter many dogs that can look both ways, it’s actually pretty straightforward to train. It requires obedience commands to be drilled into him. But with the right tasty incentive and consistent training, he could respond to training in just a few days. If he’s getting on a bit and not quite as keen to please as he once was, then it may take a week or two before you see results.
If you succeed with this training they’ll be lots of odd perks that will put a smile on your face. Yes, you’ll always get a giggle when you have family and friends over, but it also has some practical purposes too. If he’s getting on a bit you can get him to warm up with a stretch of his head and neck before he walks!
Before training starts you’ll need to get some things together. A generous supply of treats will be needed. Alternatively, break his favorite food into small chunks. The tastier the treat the more eager he will be to learn.
You’ll also need 10 minutes each day to dedicate to training. During this 10 minutes, try and find a quiet place, free from the distractions of a noisy household.
Then just bring an optimistic attitude and a good degree of patience and you can get going!