Intro to Paw Targeting

09/02/2022

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INTRO TO PAW TARGETING

In this tutorial you are going to learn how to teach your puppy a paw target. Once your puppy knows this skill you can transfer it to many other behaviours.

To start, hold a treat in your closed hand (palm downwards) nice and low in front of your puppy. As they investigate they will probably use their paw to try and get access to the treat. As soon as their paw makes contact with your hand, make and reward.

After a few repetitions you shift to offering an empty hand and when your puppy makes paw contact mark and reward from your treat pouch.

Repeat until your puppy is really good at it before adding the cue ‘paw’. To do this say ‘paw’ just before you offer your hand.

You can transfer to other situations like ringing a bell to go outside or fun tricks like closing cupboard doors for you.

There are so many things you can do with a paw target.

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