Engagement training is important for every dog because it helps them to stay focused, which makes training easier and more enjoyable. As you work with your dog in one of our engagement training classes, you will develop a stronger bond and discover how enjoyable the training experience can be.

Training Techniques

  • Hand Feeding — Feeding your dog from your hand may seem simple and obvious, but it is very effective! When your dog learns that they get a treat from your hand when they focus, they will quickly extend the amount of time during which they focus on you. If your dog is quick to grab the treat and then ignore you, we will work with you to extend the time between the expected behavior and the treat. This delay teaches them that focus is the most important factor.
  • Tricks — While you will probably not utilize tricks in your day-to-day life, they are another important aspect of training. Dogs are smart and will quickly realize that they get “paid” when they behave in the desired manner. Using tricks is a great way to keep your dog engaged and mentally stimulated during training.
  • Eye Contact — Just as with humans, eye contact is an important way that your dog shows complete focus during training. We help you train your dog to look at you by giving you a focus word or action that they will receive a treat for when they give you eye contact.
  • Games — Dogs are playful, smart, and eager to please, which is why it’s so beneficial to use games during training. They can learn the behaviors that you want while they have fun. In fact, they might have so much fun that they won’t all of the training they have completed!

At K9 and You in Houston, we love teaching owners how to get the behavior they want from their dog through engagement-based training. Call us today to see how enjoyable obedience training can be and schedule your dog’s training.