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So, I will admit to taking the lazy way out with Kane; he is so well-behaved most of the time and knows his basics and a few more commands on top of those that I've been slacking on his training. I've been doing the usual Sit-Stays before going outside, getting his food, getting anything, putting him in downs before I throw his Jolly Ball, telling him to Drop-It and Leave-It while playing Tug, etc, but haven't been actively training him new things.

Today I realized that while he was physically in shape, he wasn't mentally in shape and that was my fault. So after receiving a bit of inspiration with a link to this website (LevelBook) on another forum, I decided to teach him Target, having him touch my hand with his nose.

I was worried because he has a rock solid Leave-It -- biscuit-touching-his-mouth, mid-chase-after-the-cat solid. And at first, I was right to be worried.

When I held up the imaginary treat to his nose to entice him to sniff/touch my fingers, Kane stared at me in that trance-like way he gets when he is concentrating Very Hard on Leaving-It. And then I realized, yet again, that it wasn't his fault he was doing a very good Leave-It. It was mine, because I was doing the motion of Target the same way I tested him with Leave-It, with very deliberate movements.

Once I caught that and quit doing it, it was amazing how quickly Kane picked up on what I wanted him to do. I've said it on here before that I don't think he's the fastest car on the race track.

And yet, in ONE 5 minute training session, he was doing a Touch to my hand with his nose, every. single. time. :woof::woof: I've been doing it all day using just the physical cue to make 100% sure he has it down and then tomorrow I'll be adding the verbal cue to it. :D

It was so much fun seeing the light go on in his eyes and his tail did a little happy wag when he had that "Oh, I get it" moment! No more slacking for me and Kane!!
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