Originally Posted by newfie-mix
I've tried the look at me but once she knows a dog is there (be it 50 ft or 5 ft away) it doesn't work.
The trick is to not go over the dog's threshold while practicing. Work on the look at me command without the distractions (ie, in the house) and then start small. Work on it during walks even if there are no dogs around. If she starts to get excited at 5 ft, then you've already crossed the threshold and no learning can be done at that point.
It will work, but it takes lots of patience and consistency. I'd also use something of really high value only during those times - ie, cheese, dehydrated liver, beef, etc. The only time she gets those treats is for looking at you and remaining calm