Touch as a positive interruptor

You may have seen the touch cue mentioned in various places on this members area. This cue refers to your dog touching their nose to the palm of your hand. This is fantastic for things like recall training - giving your dog a target to run back to but it can also be used to interrupt or prevent behaviours that we dont want.

E.g your dog begins barking at pigeons in the park. We can use touch to interrupt a behaviour when it comes to distractions alongside other training techniques

E.g you have an older dog that barks at the doorbell. You can use touch after the sound of the doorbell to prevent your assistance dog from copying the barking behaviour

E.g you need your dog to stop doing an activity and come to the other side of the room. Using touch to bring them away to a target