Biting my hand to get the treat
- When you bring your hand down to deliver the treat, try and place it between 2 of your fingers, close to the palm where the 2 fingers join. This way your dog will need to use a small mouth and only the front of their snout in order to get the food from your hand.
- Have the treat in your palm and bring your hand down quickly before your dog feels the need to jump for it so they’ll start to learn to have more patience for when the food comes down!
Uses a paw instead of the nose
Your dog has most likely been taught to give the paw before and is getting a little confused by the cue. Try holding your hand really close to the dog's nose so that your dog doesn't have a lot of space to move around. Also, place a treat in between your fingers to stimulate your dog's interest.
Sniffs the hand without touching it
In the beginning, this is acceptable, but as time goes on, don't reward the dog for just sniffing the hand. The dog has to push against it. Place a treat between your fingers. If your dog doesn't receive a reward, he will certainly try to push your hand harder.
Does not follow the hand
You are probably demanding too much at the initial stage. Try to change the position of your hand gradually - by a few inches/centimeters.
My dog performs only if there is a treat in my hand
The goal is to have your dog do a series of quick Touch exercises using the treat in your hand, and then you’ll suddenly switch to not having one in your hand before your dog realizes it’s not there.
Put a treat in your hand in between the fingers and put your hand out, in front of the dog’s nose. When the dog touches your hand, give a treat from your hand, then repeat again. Do this about 2 more times and once you notice that your dog ISN’T hesitating but going straight for your hand without really looking for the treat first, that’s when you should try putting your hand out without a treat. Be ready with the Clicker. As soon as your dog touches your hand without the treat, Click and praise immediately, giving them at least 2-3 treats for doing this exercise WITHOUT the lure. Teaching your dog that it’s more profitable to do this behavior without seeing the food.
1. Stand close to the dog and extend your hand in front of the dog's nose.
2. If the dog doesn't touch your hand, put your hand behind you and hold it out again - moving objects are much more interesting to your dog.
3. If your dog is not interested in your hand, try putting a treat between your fingers.
4. Timing is important in this exercise. As soon as the dog touches the hand, press the clicker and reward the dog.
5. If the dog immediately touches the outstretched hand a few times in a row, add the command "touch."
6. Change hands and increase the distance between the hand and the nose over time so that the dog learns to follow it.