In this activity you will teach your dog to target your hand with her nose. Hand targeting teaches your dog how to appropriately interact with a human hand. It is also a very versatile foundation behavior that will help you train other behaviors later on. Most dogs quickly learn to love hand targeting.
1. Present your hand, click.
Begin by presenting your hand right in front of the dog’s nose, just an inch or so away. The instant your dog touches or sniffs your hand, click and treat. Repeat this step several times, removing and then presenting your hand again after each repetition.
2. Present your hand to the side.
When your dog is reliably touching your hand when presenting an inch or so in front of his nose, begin to present your hand to the left or right, still just an inch or so away from the nose. Repeat this step several times.
3. End with something fun.
End the training session by doing something else your dog enjoys, like playing fetch, tug, or giving him a belly rub.