Even though many of us choose to keep our pets elsewhere during house parties, a friendly pup adds a special something to any bash. It's very important to have a well-trained dog in these settings — tons of new people, food, and noise can detract those good manners. Try this training technique called a hand touch, which helps keeps dogs' attentions, no matter the environment. Learn how to teach it to your pet when you
- Start out with a tiny treat held between your thumb and index finger.
- Get your dog's attention so he sees and smells the treat while holding your hand out above and a little bit behind his head so he needs to sit and move his snout up — but not jump — to get the snack.
- Praise in a happy voice and repeat at different times and in different settings. Work your way up to a point where your pup will sit and touch his nose to your fingers whenever you stick your hand out, even without a treat in your hand. This is a great technique to refocus a pup's attention on you in public.