Clicker training Theory
Clicker Training Articles
The ‘touch’ cue is easy to teach and it is a great tool to learn the
clicker training method. It is also very useful for future training.
Learning this cue teaches the trainer the timing of the click and
teaches the dog the clicker game. The idea is to get the dog to touch
the palm of your hand with its nose.
Prepare in advance a clicker and some highly reinforcing treats.
Hold the treats and the clicker in one hand – leaving your other
Hold the free hand in front of your dog’s nose with the palm
turned towards him/her. The dog is likely to sniff the hand and
touch it with its nose – click and treat.
Repeat numerous times until the dog does it willingly and
When the dog does it well, start saying the word ‘touch’ just as
the dog is going to touch the hand. Click and treat right after.
Gradually, say the word ‘touch’ earlier in the process until you
actually say the cue before the dog moves his/her head.
When your dog is doing this exercise well, start putting your
hand in different locations: the sides of the head, on top, at the
bottom, etc. Gradually, increase the distance between your hand and
the dog, getting him to move a little to touch it.
Watch a video
that demonstrates this exercise.