Raven’s First Targeting Lesson

Here are some pictures of Raven’s first lesson on her way to learning to ring the door bells. She first has to learn to target. That is to touch her nose on an object. I will use my palm as the target today.

First, I lure her to touch my hand by concealing a treat.

Luring Raven to touch

After she catches on, I keep the treats in the treat bucket, instead of my hand. When she touches, I click and grab a treat for her from the bucket. She’s doing a good job.

Raven gets the idea and touches again

When I walk away for a moment, and turn around, what do I find? Raven up to her usual antics!

Sneaky move

We end the session on a high note. Raven is still looking to do more. When we start next time, she will associate my palm, the clicker and treat bucket with a really good feeling from her first training session.

Raven after the session

Raven’s an eager Dober-beaver!

About Helen

I'm a Southern California living in South Florida. I've been here for 10 years as of October 1, 2007. No matter where I live, I'm a dog lover, and my breed is the Dobermann Pinscher of the Working Group. I am also fond of the Australian Shepherd of the Herding Group. My life revolves around my dogs, which is something those family members of mine don't understand. So I'm an island in that respect, but have built friendships with those who are doggie lovers and respect the canine as much as I do. Some do rescue, some train in, compete in, and judge AKC trials. The common thread is our dogs are family.
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