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:

How to Teach Hand Targeting

And this one on targeting an item:

Bonus Video: Targeting Items

 

 


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Positively Expert: Anthony De Marinis

Anthony De Marinis is a graduate of Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior. He is also a Certified Victoria Stilwell Licensed Positively Dog Trainer and a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer. Anthony runs his dog training business, De Marinis Dog Training & Behavior based in Long Island, NY.


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