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How to “target” train your pets

Have you ever heard a vet or dog trainer use the term “target train”? If not, it is a very simple technique to train your pet for all sorts of things. If you have heard of it, or now upon hearing about it want to learn how it works, here are the basics.

First of all, target training can be used for all sorts of things. It can be used to relieve fears of objects (appliances, crates, furniture, ect.), to teach your pet a specific “restroom” area, or even just as a cool and fun game to play. Once you and spot get the hang of it, I’m sure you can come over with all kinds of other ideas you can use it for.

Target training is actually very simple. Just like most training it takes a little time and sometimes a lot of patience. All you need is a flat object, which will be your “target” object, some pet friendly treats, a clicker (there are usually pretty cheap and available at any pet store) and some time. Here’s how it works. Simply place the target in a desired area, or any area if you are not training for a certain location. Touch your pets’ nose to the target so they know what you want them to do. Click, than treat. Soon your pet will get it, touch the target, hear a click, and receive a treat. Your pet will have so much fun playing this game; it’ll make training very easy.

Best of luck and remember to always have fun and enjoy your pet.

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