Training Tips: Hand Targeting
Hand targeting is an easy and useful behavior to teach for so many reasons. It's also a great foundation exercise for dogs of all ages.
Hand targeting can be used for:
- Helping a puppy or a nervous dog become more comfortable with hands reaching towards him
- Building a pup's confidence around people
- Redirecting behavior
- Helping him to become comfortable with objects that might be scary (like brushes, tools used at the vet, nail clippers, etc.)
- Teaching a recall
- Low stress handling and cooperative care
- Teaching more advanced behaviors
- Modifying behaviors
To learn how to teach a hand target take a look at this video I created with my puppy Journey:
And this one on targeting an item:
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