The FOCUS ON ME trick!
In order to teach your Rover tricks and have Rover perform them, Rover must
have his attention on you! Imaging, a perfectly attentive Rover, both eyes
on you, alert and ready for the slightest trick signal from you! It is possible,
yes, even for the super hyper Rover. Okay, let's focus!
Directions: There are a variety of focusing tricks out there, here
are just two basic ones.
me: Here you get your Rover to focus on you for a limited time, and then
reward him with a treat. Make sure your hands are hidden, so he won't be inclined
to look at them instead. Start with sitting on your knees (easier for a little
Rover to look at your face, but you can also stand for more authority), calling
the Rover over to you, making him sit and saying "Rover, focus."
Now when you have Rovers attention, make him hold it for a couple of seconds
and reward. You can then slowly lengthen the time to 5 seconds and beyond.
If Rovers concentration breaks and Rover stops looking at you, call him again
"Rover, focus" and shorten the time you have Rover focus.
This is a fun activity for regular playtime, yet it also improves Rover's
coordination and focusing skills. This 'game' evolves out of the regular ball
throw and retrieve. Start by having the ball in your hand, and Rover sitting
in front of you. Hold the ball and let Rover take it out of your hand. Play
around with this, giving Rover the ball, and taking it back again. After a
while start rolling the ball into Rovers mouth, and then throwing it from
a really short distance. The purpose here is to not simply throw the ball
and have poor Rover get hit on the head, consequently dodging all balls being
thrown at him for all eternity. So, start slow, and throw the ball really
slowly, in a nice upward curve. Once Rover gets the basic catch down, you
can make it more challenging. The ball catch can even be the basis for fancier