Features March 2017 Issue

Train Your Dog to

Here is perhaps one of the biggest benefits of teaching your dog to “check in” with you frequently: a dog who will perform this behavior while out on a walk, with all sorts of distractions. The “check in” contributes to his staying in touch with you, and not pulling on the leash!

Train Your Dog to "Check In"

Help your dog develop a habit of checking in with you by establishing frequent eye contact. It's a behavior that will make every type of dog training easier. When your dog looks to you for direction and affirmation, you both gain freedom.

Checking in is one of those behaviors I like to place in the “habit” category; I want my dog to offer it easily and without really thinking about it. The purpose of the “check in” behavior (why or when a dog may do it) varies, but it always looks like this: The dog momentarily connects with her human through eye contact. Chili and I have gotten so good at it that we often find ourselves turning toward each other simultaneously! I absolutely cherish those moments of instant, genuine connection with my dog.

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