Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 3 of 52: Tricks To Teach Your Dogs

3.) Touch-Touching will help with training many other tricks
Needed: A clicker and a training stick (a 3/8" dowel with masking tape on the end will work as well)
Step 1: With your dog sitting in front of you, hold the clicker in your left hand (or right if you are left handed) and the training stick in your right (or left if you are left handed)
Step 2: Gently touch the dog's nose with the taped end of the stick and simultaneously click then treat.
Step 3: Repeat about 5 times per session.
Step 4: When the dog begins to lean forward in anticipation as he sees the training stick then let him/her touch the stick instead of you touching their nose. Say "touch" and click and treat when they touch the stick.

When they are proficient with this trick you may begin to use the stick as a lure to shape other behavior.


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