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Ask A Trainer: How Do I Teach My Dog Hand Targeting?

dog hand targeting

Welcome to our new, weekly 'Ask a Trainer from the SF SPCA' feature on They'll help you get your dog or cat into shape and ready for the world. Ask your own questions in the comments!

Hand targeting is a great way to redirect your dog's attention and keep him focused. It also helps to get your dog through a space.

Start by having a high value treat in one hand.

Tuck it underneath you thumb.

When your dog touches your hand with his nose,  reward.

Repeat several times.

Use an empty hand, present your hand and when he touches your hand with his nose, reward. Repeat.

Watch this video to see how its done!