Get your dog training On Target!
Teaching a dog to follow a “target” is the best way to train both simple and complicated behaviors. Targeting is useful for everything from training the family dog to competitive obedience and agility. The detailed instructions in this book will deliver outstanding results!
Save your back, work at a distance, or get tricky parts of the dog, such as the back feet, moving the way you want them to move. You'll learn how to train your dog to target your hand, a contact disk or a target stick, then utilize targets to build complex behaviors. Teaches you how to break down a behavior into easily trainable steps. Target training can be used for at-home manners, therapy dog work, canine sports, or to teach tricks. Targeting can help you get to your goal no matter what it is!
Take your training to a new level
Learn to train your dog to target your hand, a contact disk, or a target stick, then utilize targets to build complex behaviors.
Learn how to analyze and break down a skill into easily trainable steps to get great results in competition.
Use target training for good manners, therapy dog work, even to perform tricks that might land your dog in television or movies!
Praise for Right On Target from experts
Have a nosey dog? You have the perfect candidate to learn targeting! No matter what your level of expertise, you can teach your dog many useful behaviors by following the step-by-step methods in this great new book. Clean Run Magazine enthusiastically endorses Mandy and Cheryl’s positive methods and instruction for all types of training.
Monica Percival Editor, Clean Run Magazine
This book exploits learning principles with impressive sophistication yet is completely accessible. I loved the ultra-clear organization, splendid criteria progressions, and clever applications.
Jean Donaldson, Dir. San Francisco Academy for Dog Trainers, author The Culture Clash, Mine! and Fight!
Targeting is one of my favorite exercises to teach my own dogs as well as clients. Right On Target offers dozens of great new ideas for teaching behaviors. I can’t wait to try them!
Pat Miller, author of Power of Positive Dog Training and Positive Perspectives: Love Your Dog, Train Your Dog
Mandy Book has been a dog training instructor and author for over 19 years. A frequent contributor to training magazines, she is the co-author with Cheryl Smith of Quick Clicks. Mandy stays active with her own dogs—two Boxers and a Golden—in agility, the Delta Pet Partner Program, and media work.
When it comes to dogs, Cheryl S. Smith has either trained for it or written about it. She is the author of ten books on dogs including Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Showing Your Dog, On the Trail with Your Canine Companion, and Dog-Friendly Gardens, Garden-Friendly Dogs. Cheryl has won multiple Dog Writer’s Association awards for excellence in dog writing.
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What reviewers are saying...
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
Right On Target!: Taking Dog Training To a New Level is knowledgeably co-authored by dog experts Mandy Book and Cheryl Smith. This informed and informative introduction to properly and effectively training a dog methodically takes the reader through the intricate process of training a dog for a more sports oriented form of activity. Drawing from their many years of experience with dogs, Mandy Book and Cheryl Smith deftly explore the mapping of a proper training routine with an easy-to fallow and “user-friendly” format accessible and applicable by even the most novice dog owner. Right On Target! Is very strongly recommended to all readers wishing for a more effective and thorough training manual for guidance of bringing their canine companion through all of the proper training procedures required for a great show and a lot of recreational activities. James A. Cox
The clicker training book covers how to train your dog to target with his nose, feet and body. It moves on to gives ideas on how to use those targeting behaviors when training for such things as agility, obedience and general tricks... Overall, the book was easy to read and follow. If you're a clicker fan and are looking for clear directions for target training, this is definitely the book for you. Marlene Parish
Targeting where a dog is trained to touch something with his nose, paw or body, is a training technique often used by clicker trainers to help shape behaviors. This book, written for novice dog owners and serious dog competitors alike, will teach you to use targeting to teach your dog all sorts of behaviorism from flawless agility performances to riding a skateboard... If you've tried shaping or targeting with your dog but given up because it didn't seem to work, or you were afraid you weren't doing it right, this book will help you succeed. Janine Adams
In Right on Target! Mandy Book and Cheryl Smith have written a comprehensive guide for dog owners and trainers, whether you want a well-behaved dog in your home, a dancing partner for canine freestyle, a movie or commercial "star", or the best agility dog you can train, this book will help you achieve your goal... This book provides a well-explained plan for teaching behaviors to your dog that will make your dog look like a genius. Martha Faulk