How I Use A Target Stick To Train Dogs, San Jose Dog Training
In this dog training article I am going to tell you about my experience using a “Target Stick” with my new border collie puppy. As a dog trainer in San Jose I have a lot of competition so I need to keep up on all the newest and best dog training techniques out there.
In the past I have always used food and that worked great with my last labrador. My new puppy however is a bit more energetic and a bit more distracted to say the least. I noticed that he loved to follow and chase things. So I attached a value to the end of the target stick by both food rewards and play items. Whenever he would follow the end of the stick I would use a verbal marker and pay him with a piece of hotdog or a quick game of tug with a soft towel. Pretty soon he was chasing down the end of the stick no matter where it went.
I use the stick to
- Lead him over jumps
- Lead him into his dog crate
- Position him into a heel and sit
- Move him in and out of positions, Sit, Down, etc
- Move his head left or right
- Teach your dog directions
- Teach your dog to come when called
- The list goes on and on
The target stick has basically become an extention of my hand. This way I can put more space between me and the dog and increase my span of control. I like it because it helps the dog stay focused and keep looking either at me, or at whatever I want. If you can capture your dogs attention you can get anything done with your dog.
San Jose dog training means keeping up with all the latest techniques that are out there and having a big bag of tricks for all my clients.