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Old 06-22-2012, 08:44 PM
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Default Targeting theory/definition

I get the theory of most training techniques, but I don't know the fancy lingo.

What is "targeting", exactly? And how would you go about teaching it? Or what is the theory of practice behind it? Definition...whatever you'd like to call an explanation.

Every time I think I get a hold of the lingo, someone uses it in a different way than I thought it was meant. I just need to find a training terms dictionary for reference on these sorts of things.

It's like learning a whole new language. And I already have Italian on my plate!
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Old 06-22-2012, 08:51 PM
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there is no dictionary, just make sure they make sense to YOU. Be consistent, be fair and you'll be fine. As soon as you get 20 people to agree on what one term really means, you'll find 20 more that say it's something else and have a compelling reason to back up their position.

Targeting to me means where are they going to bite
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This is what I consider a target behavior.

http://laurawaudby.blogspot.com/2010...ky-target.html
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Targeting to me is either nose to an object or feet to an object, depending.
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:08 PM
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So basically just to acknowledge an object in some way, shape or form?
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Targeting to me is either nose to an object or feet to an object, depending.
To me that's touch ^^

Target here is a place to run to

ETA: Of course, I use it for the ferrets. God forbid I try to teach Rosey anything, that would suggest she's a dog!
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For me targeting it touching something with nose or feet.
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Old 06-23-2012, 07:37 AM
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Hahaha! 20 different answers, isn’t that the truth!

To me targeting is contact basically.
For my guys if I want them to touch their nose to something I teach the cue “touch”. If I want them to touch their paws to something I teach the cue “target”.
I’ve also taught Bates to “target” my left leg with his right shoulder to help with heel. That one doesn’t have a name, its a body language cue. I get in heel position and pat my side.

Targeting with their nose is useful for all sorts of things. I use it most as dog nose to my hand and then my hand becomes a lure, an invisible leash in a way.
I also use nose to hand target as a reward for one of my dogs because he *really* likes doing that behavior and its a good way to keep him up and engaged between exercises in the ring.

Targeting with feet to an object is awesome for all sorts of things. Agility people use it to teach contacts. Obedience people use it for perch and platform work to teach body awareness, positions, go outs, etc.
Really, once your dog understands the “target” game, be it feet, nose, the possibilities are endless.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:19 PM
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Aaah. I gotcha. I was looking for new things to teach Zander and I didn't know what this meant or if I taught it.

Well, I guess I sort of have something new to do. I never taught it, but he has a "bad habit" in touching my hand repeatedly when he doesn't know what I want. I guess because I use my hand as a lure a lot.

Thanks for the replies! Everyone's was different, but it still helped tons.
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Old 06-23-2012, 03:21 PM
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I think some of the confusion might be stemming from the fact that in reference to bitework and tug, "targeting" is often used to mean what RTH said, where the dog is going to bite. But it's also often used to mean a contact behavior with either nose or feet, usually in reference to marker training. Neither definition is incorrect. It's just a matter of context.
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