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    I have a 5 and half month old black lab and Ive been having a hard time having her focus on me while training. For example I'll say sit and instantly she'll be looking at the ground, or we'll be walking and rather than her focusing on me she'll be panning the ground ahead for things to pick up.
    Now are there things I can do to encourage her to be more attentive and be more focused on me?

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    Did you do any treat training when very small?
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    Yep used treats to teach her all the basic commands when she was really young, but it just seems like its impossible to keep her sometimes attention now

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    It almost seems like her willingness to please isnt there right now, she seems to be more intereresnt in pleasing herself. I dont know if thats the case or not though wether its that or an attention span thing, but at pushing 6 months youd think that would be the case

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    I think you are making a lot of assumptions. Your puppy is still a puppy. Some have focus at 5 months and some get it at 10 months...

    Why do you believe that she does not want to please you? Nothing stated above seems to demonstrate that to me, but I could be missing something.

    Sometimes lack of eye focus is not the result of a lack of attention but rather a product of boredom, submission, confusion, too much pressure, etc. Dogs say a lot whether you know how to listen or not is the more important factor.

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    >>Sometimes lack of eye focus is not the result of a lack of attention but rather a product of boredom, submission, confusion, too much pressure, etc. Dogs say a lot whether you know how to listen or not is the more important factor.<<

    Exactly.

    What you should be doing at this stage is shaping the behaviors and attitude toward learning that you want in the future. You're building a foundation. The actions are easy to teach. The work ethic, effort, drive, and attention are not. Figure out how to be more interesting than the ground and you'll be good to go for a few more months.
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    Is she Teething?
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    I read an article by Lardy in which he says to improve eye focus use a little bumper throw it to dog so it can catch it in the air. Sit command take bumper out of rear pocket toss it so it catches it.
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    Thanks for the replies guys. Yes she is teething I'm sure that makes a difference doesnt it?

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    For retrieving - yes. For basic obedience - it shouldn't be an excuse.
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