Step 2: Teach your dog the game

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Hold the bait treat in your hand and show it to your dog briefly. Then close your fist around the treat so that they cannot sneak their tongue between your fingers. Present your fist to your dog at nose-level, keep your closed hand still, and wait patiently. They will likely lick and nose your hand, and may even paw or nibble at it! The nanosecond your dog stops pestering you for the food and pulls their nose away from your hand, say “YES!” and then feed them a treat from your treat pouch while you hide your bait treat hand behind your back. Re-present the bait treat in a closed fist at nose-level and repeat the process 4 more times. Over time you should see that your dog backs off from your hand much faster!