Training A Puppy To 'Watch Me'!

Do you want your puppy to hang on your every word? Training a puppy to do that is easy with the 'watch me' command. Teach him this and you'll soon discover that when you speak, he listens!

Training A Puppy To Hang On Your Every Word

If your puppy is in training, the 'Watch Me!' command should, ideally, be the first lesson you teach your Cocker Spaniel.

Black cocker spaniel puppy in training, paying attention.I'm listening Mom!


Because this command teaches your Cocker Spaniel to look at you, and pay attention to you, ignoring everything and everyone else around him. At least, that's the plan!

This command helps to make all other training easier because you will have your puppy's full attention before starting another exercise.

Here's how:

  1. Begin by sitting in front of your puppy with a few tasty morsels of chicken, or some of his favourite treats, in your closed hand. Don't let him see the treats, otherwise he'll look at them and not at you.

  2. As soon as your puppy looks directly at you, say the word, 'Watch' quickly, give him a treat and praise him with the words, 'Watch, good boy watch'!

  3. Repeat this puppy training exercise (steps 1 & 2) several times each day until your puppy has completely mastered it.

  4. When you get to the stage where your puppy is familiar with this command, and responds instantly each time, the next stage is to try holding his gaze for 10 seconds before offering him a treat.

Progress to holding your puppy's attention for a few seconds longer each time, gradually working up to 60 seconds.

If your puppy doesn't look at you, or if he looks at you but won't hold your gaze, try holding a treat up to eye level.

This should keep his attention on the treat and, by default, on you.

Remove the use of the treat from the exercise as soon as you feel it's practical to do so. You want to reward your puppy for paying attention to you and not to the treat.

Use the watch command before giving your dog any other command and you'll get his full attention and he's more likely to respond to your command when he's paying attention.

Isn't he?

Now You Can Teach Your Puppy To 'Sit'!

When your puppy has mastered the 'Watch Me!' command, and he's holding your gaze for up to 60 seconds, (without being bribed with the promise of a treat) he's ready to move on to his next obedience lesson. 

The 'Sit'! command.

Training a puppy to 'Sit' on command is easy, simply follow these instructions.

Beautiful blue roan Cocker Spaniel puppy sitting in a field.I'm sitting mum, so where's my treat?

If you'd like more puppy obedience training for your Cocker, simply follow this link.

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