Deaf Dog Training - Watch Me
Eye contact is crucial when working with a deaf dog. Teaching your dog to watch you can strengthen your bond and ability to communicate. For training watch me, I do not use an actual command, but rather associated looking at me as a positive experience. Some people prefer rot use a command, either way is acceptable.
Step 1: Have treats in hand and place your dog into a sit directly in front of you. The dog should be facing you.
Step 2: Every time your dog naturally looks at you, give it a treat. If you plan to use a command, you would give your command right after the dog naturally looks at you and then treat it.
Step 3: Repeat the above steps. The ultimate goal is that your dog will learn to naturally watch you.
Remember to keep these sessions short - even just a few minutes at a time, to keep things interesting for the dog. Always end sessions on a high note, and set your dog up to succeed. If you find yourself, or your dog getting frustrated, take a break and try again later.
While these methods have worked for us, it is important to remember that every dog is different and what works for one, may not work for another.