|Posted on September 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM|
A few months ago, my friend Nicole introduced me to her dog Duzi for the first time. Duzi can be a little bouncy and over active when meeting new people. I was really impressed when Nicole told Duzi to "Go say hi". I instinctively put my hand down for Duzi to smell and Duzi enthusiastically ran over, touched my hand with her nose and then ran back to Nicole for a reward. It was about the cutest thing I had ever seen a dog do. I immediately started using it in my classes to help with polite greetings.
When Halle arrived, she struggled with sitting while people approached. Then I remembered Nicole and Duzi. I thought if Halle could be actively involved in the greeting rather than just sitting, she might be more successful and have more fun. It's been working really, really well. First, I taught her to touch my closed fist with her muzzle. When she caught on to touching my fist for a treat, I added the cue “Bump”. Then, I taught her to “bump” other people’s fists with her muzzle and come back to me for a treat. We started with people she already knew putting their closed fist out for a “bump” without giving the cue. When she was reliably running up to their fists, I asked her new friends to say "Bump!" for a greeting.
I made it a game for her and she loves it, and it helps her greet people politely. If you would like to read more detailed instructions on “Say hi” by Eric Goebelbecker of Dog Spelled Forward http://www.scribd.com/doc/19005551/Dog-Training-Targeting-and-Say-Hi
Sniff on! Train on!
Susie & Halle
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