Hand Targeting Dog Training: How To Teach Your Puppy To Touch Your Hand

Hand Targeting Dog Training: How To Teach Your Puppy To Touch Your Hand

A hand target dog training is very useful when it comes to teaching your puppy to do certain things. For example, if you want your pup to fetch a ball from the ground, then you need to train him so that he touches the ball with his paws first before he throws it up into the air.

If you are trying to teach your pup to sit, then you will have to start out by teaching him that he must touch his nose with his paw before he sits down. Once your pup learns these basic commands, you can move on to other commands such as fetch or sit.

The best way of doing all this is through the use of a toy which has a special feature called a “touch sensor”. A touch sensor is a small piece of plastic, metal or rubber that detects the amount of pressure applied to it.

When a person presses lightly on the toy, the sensor registers that action and sends an electrical signal to the computer which controls some kind of mechanism. This type of toy works well because it allows you to make sure that your pup does not accidentally press any buttons while playing with it. The only time it registers the touch command is when your pup applies a certain amount of pressure to the sensor.

To start with target dog training for a fetch activity, you must first show your pup that the toy has absolutely no value as a treat or reward. You can do this by taking the toy away from your pet and ignoring him completely while he cries or barks in protest.

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