I heard that getting puppies to pay attention to you is hard. Before I get my puppy, I would like to know how to get him to pay attention to me. I plan to take him to obedience class throughout his entire life, but I would like to know how to teach hi his name. How do I get is attention? How do I keep his attention? Do I use rewards? I have seen an obedience competition and the dogs just stared at their handlers. Is it becasue they have good comunication between eachother? Please, I need to know this before I get my puppy, so I can train him right. Thanks!
I have found from my experiences, and these are mine...nowhere are they written in stone.. 1) You need to RESPECT your puppy and you will in time earn theirs. 2) Start your puppy out by socializing it first with other puppies, people, situations, etc. 3) After "Puppy Kindergarten" you can start with obedience classes...Junior, Novice, Intermediate, etc. 4) I've been to obedience matches where there are wonderfully trained dogs, and also not so wonderful dogs. It takes an enormous amount of work, persistence and above all PATIENCE AND LOVE AND KINDNESS. Given these things you will be on your way quickly. I have found (again my own experiences) that rewards are good, I also use a clicker and alter my voice (using a higher pitch than normal conversation tone)to get the pup's attention. BUT remember a puppy is young and has very little attention span....it gets longer as you bond and they get older. LOL
Just as Dixieland says, puppies have short attention span so do not expect it to keep looking at you like those dogs in obedience competition. There is not only one right way to train your puppy so do not worry. You may want to sqat down & say your puppy's name in a cheerful "baby" voice & when the puppy looks at you you reward him/her. You may want to say"good girl/boy and/or give a treat and a pet. Use "happy" voice. Do it once or twice & stop. Then do it many times during the day. Have fun!
You're lucky you're getting a lab! They are very very human oriented, and literally thrive on human contact. They're also so eager to please they're typically extremely easy to obedience train. I have heard some people say that when you are training them early on, just say their name, and if they look at you, reward them with love and or a treat. That may work with a lab, but it sure didn't work with our little miss independent akita!
okay! here's what i did with my lab; works like a charm- i used treats, and lots of praise and petting. to teach name, let her know you have a treat. call her name in a high voice, you can say "pearl!pearl!pearl!" and when she comes running start immediately praising "good dog!you're so smart!wonderful!" in a high voice. don't wait till the puppy gets to you to begin the praise. immediately start the praise when she makes even a little move toward you. when she arrives give the treat and lots of praise and petting. the key is to make coming to you such a great experience that they want to. for attention, have a treat. say her name and "watch me" holding the treat right beside your eyes. be standing or she'll lunge at the treat. the second she looks at you hold the treat about a foot away from your eyes to the side. wait until she looks back at your eyes. that may take 10 seconds or so. as soon as she makes eye contact drop the treat for her. after a few times only say "watch me" when you hold the treat by your eyes. after a couple weeks say "watch me" without holding the treat up. when she looks give lots of praise. in your training classes that will help train with distractions. also, do the leashing her to you thing. do it for periods of time a few times per day. she will have to follow you and it helps create a bond.