look at me command


I usually introduce “look at me” by adding it to the “stay” command. Often when dogs are in a “stay” waiting to get their food, treat or toy, they stare at the object and not at you.


I find about 50% of dogs naturally look at their owners, and 50% look at the food as if it’s going to move somehow.


What does your dog do?


Even if your dog does look at you while in a stay, you should still work on a “look at me” command. It comes in handy when your dog is distracted or about to do or touch something they shouldn’t.


It’s also often used to help distract dogs off of things they are reactive to, such as skateboards, bikes, or even other dogs.


So, going forward, only release your dog from a stay if he is actually looking at you with eye to eye contact (not the treat, food bowl, toy, etc.).


You should also just say “look at me” and reward (with a pet and “good dog” or treat, etc.) for looking at you. Using your finger to lure them to your eyes is often helpful when they are learning.


Here’s an example of me training Musik to “look at me” while out for a walk: