Cue: Verbal cue "watch."

Description: On cue, dog will make and maintain eye contact with me.


  • Behavior specifics: Eye contact.
  • Duration: Up to one minute.
  • Distance: Respond to cue up to fifty feet away.
  • Latency: Immediate.
  • Locations: Everywhere.
  • Distractions: Anything and everything. Especially distractions common in a dog show or performance environment.
  • Other: Must be able to maintain even when I break eye contact.

Training Plan: (Accomplish each level in multiple locations of gradually increasing distractions.)

  1. Get eye contact.
  2. Add the cue.
  3. Add duration of 10 seconds.
  4. Add duration of 30 seconds.
  5. Find and maintain eye contact from 10 feet away for 30 seconds.
  6. Maintain eye contact for 30 seconds with handler not watching him.


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