The goal of training challenges is to get you to try something new or more challenging than you have done before.
Beginning Level spend 5 minutes getting your dog to focus on you
Step 1: Prepare a high value treat- something soft and smelly usually works best!
Step 2: Move the treat upwards away from your dog toward your body up to your face.
Step 3: When your dog makes eye contact with you – immediately praise and give her the treat. As soon as she understands the connection between the eye contact and the reward you can start adding the command “Watch Me” into the exercise.
Advanced Level If your dog knows watch me, then your goal is to try turning away from your dog and giving the command and see if they reposition themselves so they are making eye contact.
Dharma did this TT style and started of by just glaring at my back till she realized others got “her” cookies but after 2-3 minutes was moving to heel position and watching me.
Kizzie spent the whole 5 minutes trying to bounce around, but if you met Kizzie you would know that this is Kizzie’s only reliable behavior.