Onyxx and Mr. N both know the “touch” trick where they bump their nose against my fingers. Well Mr. N does, Onyxx tries to lick my hand half the time. It’s the building block for tricks that involve targeting.
Mr. N and I are currently working on weaving through my legs. I move my hand in the direction I want him to move until he does a figure eight through my legs. I’m currently having some difficult in fading out the hand cues so any advice would be welcome!
I apologize for the lack of video but I can’t film it by myself and our place is currently in shambles due to cleaning our carpet this weekend.
Closing doors is a trick that can be taught utilizing targeting. If I knew about targeting at the time, teaching Mr. N might have been easier! Basically, you attach a post-it note or something similar to the door and you teach your dog to target the post-it with his nose and eventually close the door. Instead, I shaped the trick by clicking for any interaction with the door until he understood that I wanted him to push the door with his nose. Mr. N would have preferred targeting. He likes clear instructions.
Other potential tricks include: teaching your dog to “play” piano, ringing a bell to signal the need to go to the bathroom, and turning off lights.
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