After I got Axel to sit, and down. I started to do "Touch" and this will come handy for advanced "tricks". I used the back of my one hand, and I held it about 4-6 inches from his nose while he was in a sit. I said "touch" and moved my hand to his nose and just kind of bumped it, and then gave him a treat. I did this 10 or so times, and then I just held my hand there. My guy hesitated, but sure enough he stuck his nose right out and touched my hand, and then I rewarded him. I reinforced this behavior for awhile, and now I move my hand around, and he will do "Touch" no matter where my hand is. "Touch" helped me teach him how to ring bells by the door when he needs to go out to eliminate . My little nephew even gives Fist-Bumps with Axel, but Axel uses his nose. It is adorable.
Axel "Foley" GSD 1/23/11 ~
Dogs can't speak, so they don't understand us. Dogs learn because we allow ourselves to understand them.