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March 30, 2005

Oh What Fun it is to Play the "Touch" Game!

I guess winter is saying it's last farewell here. We got a couple of inches of snow last night, but that didn't stop Andy and me from getting out to play today!

I recently wrote a 5 part series in my column here on Longears Mall about a fun training game I call the "touch" game. It is my version of targeting from clicker training.

Since it was too snowy to do a lot of fancy training today, we just played around a little bit and did some of Andy's favorite games. He practiced picking up each of his feet when I asked for them. We also did a little work on sidepassing. And we played the "touch" game for a few minutes.

I thought you'd enjoy seeing some of the pictures we got while he was playing "touch". In these pictures I was snapping my fingers up high above his head, and he was reaching up to touch my hand with his nose. Note: I didn't have any food or treats in that hand. Andy just knows now that if he touches that hand (or whatever other object I ask him to), I'll reach down and get him a treat.





If you missed my articles about how to teach your donkey or mule the "touch" game, and how it can be used along with your other training, just click the links below to go back and read them.

The "Touch" Game - Part 1
The "Touch" Game - Part 2
The "Touch" Game - Part 3
The "Touch" Game - Part 4
The "Touch" Game - Part 5

Kristie Jorgensen

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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at March 30, 2005 10:04 PM


Darling photos! He looks like such a big baby, so very cute!

Posted by: Debra at March 30, 2005 10:38 PM