How To Get Focused Obedience Out Of Your Dog – Dog Training Northern Virginia

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At our dog training facility in Northern Virginia, on a daily basis we work with getting dog’s behavioral issues fixed and their obedience flawless.

Once your dog has a solid foundation on obedience, I always recommend that you start building their focus during their training.  In many of our videos, you will see that the dogs, while performing the commands, will not take their eyes off of us.  Often times, this isn’t something that comes natural to the dogs, this is something that you have to teach them.

As you will see in some of our videos, you can teach the dog the “watch” command, which will give you a dog that will ignore distractions and maintain eye contact with you.  So, this is one option in order to start building focus in your dog.  You can see an example of this in the video below:

Another very simple option is to not releasee your dog from the command they are in (sit, down, place, etc) until they are making eye contact with you.  Stick to doing this every time you place your dog in any stable dog.

When you start doing this, as soon as your dog makes eye contact, release them.  As you do more repetitions, make them keep eye contact with your for 3 seconds before you release them.  Repeat and 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 15 seconds, etc.

If they do not make eye contact, and they leave the position they were in, immediately put them back in that position and repeat.

Your dog simply learns, “You do not release me from this position until I maintain eye contact with you.”

You would be surprised in the difference this can make in a very short amount of time.  If you do this correctly and consistently, you will notice that as soon as you place a dog in any command, they will stare at you intently, because they have learned this is what triggers you releasing them.

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My name is Nick White, I am the owner of Off-Leash K9 Training. I am a former US Marine Iraq War Veteran, and former US Secret Service, also, I currently have 12 locations in the United States. We specialize in basic obedience, advanced obedience, personal protection, and drug detection. About us: As you will see, our client list includes: NBA Star John Wall, UFC World Champion Jon "Bones" Jones, World Champion Boxer Roy Jones Jr, UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer, film star Ron Jeremy, 3x UFC Champion Rich "Ace" Franklin, WWF World Champion Iron Sheik, Kane Hodder ("Jason" from the Friday the 13th movies), the staff from the hit show "Operation Repo," and Elliot's dog from Elliot in the Morning on DC 101! See them in our highlight video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T17ZgrOc7k&list=UUv67Xn3BwFJgPLigquueb4A&index=5 We also had yahoo do a special on us, as well! http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/driven/dog-training-secrets-milit As you will see on our website, we are getting a lot of publicity and it's continually growing! We've had American Legion, US Military Veterans, NoVa Dog Magazine, Military Times Magazine, Smart CEO Magazine, and The Virginia and Maryland Dog Magazine do stories on us (just to name a few). You can see all of these articles if you go to our "About Us" page of website and scroll to the bottom. We are also the official trainers for ABC's "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson." Recently, we were named one of the top trainers in the world by the Dogington Post! There are over 400 videos of dogs we have trained on YouTube so you can see the amazing results we get verse us just tell you about it, so we would highly encourage you to check out our Youtube Channel and was some of the stuff we do! Thank you for your interest in our amazing training. -Nick

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