I am not a dog trainer, only someone who likes a well trained dog. Far Guy said "You like to be in control of the dog." That is true...I like to be the leader of the pack.
We learned about targets and a target stick with Chance.
I had the equipment...a stick and a clicker....and some treats.
My target stick folds up nicely.
You can use just about anything as a target...a wooden spoon, a fly swatter...a target stick is just an extension of your arm...and a focus for your dog.
I say "Sadie Target" she is supposed to touch the tip of the stick with her nose. Then click the clicker when she does it right...and immediately reward with a treat.
Right now she touches the target stick...mostly.
Biting the stick after she touches it with her nose...equals no treat.
I put the target stick inside her kennel and say "Sadie kennel up" once she goes in I click the clicker and reward her with a treat.
I have her heel in the house off lead "Sadie heel" using the target stick in front of her to guide her along...I keep this session real short as she is just a puppy and is easily distracted...and I always want to end a session on a positive note.
Puppies are always a work in progress. Keep the sessions short. A well trained dog is a happy dog!
Sadie 17 weeks old.