Making Eye Contact With Dogs

by Chris Miksen
Basic obedience training depends on eye contact.

Basic obedience training depends on eye contact.

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Making eye contact with your dog is an important part of most basic obedience measures; eye contact tells you the dog's paying attention to you and ready for a command. Meanwhile, making eye contact with some dogs can trigger naughty and unwanted behaviors.

Importance

Regular eye contact enables you to better train and have more control over your pup. If she's not looking at you when you issue commands or call her name, there's a greater chance she'll become distracted, miss a hand signal or otherwise fail to obey a command. To teach your girl that eye contact is a good thing, make it rewarding. The VetStreet website suggests standing still with a few treats in your hand or holding a treat in front of your face. The moment her eyes move to meet yours, pop a tasty snack in her mouth.

Dangers

Some canines react poorly to eye contact, typically because of negative experiences or poor socialization. If your pup turns aggressive, reacts with fear or becomes noticeably stressed when you two make eye contact, talk with your vet or a certified dog trainer. On the same note, avoid locking eyes with strange dogs. A quick glance on your part is a natural reaction, but avoid staring down a pooch.

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About the Author

Located in Pittsburgh, Chris Miksen has been writing instructional articles on a wide range of topics for online publications since 2007. He currently owns and operates a vending business. Miksen has written a variety of technical and business articles throughout his writing career. He studied journalism at the Community College of Allegheny County.

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