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Food Play – “Prey Hand”

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In my new book with Deb Jones titled: Dog Sports Skills Book 3: Play!  we discuss a food play technique that uses food called “Prey hand game”.  Those of you who have taken seminars with me may recognize this as “Wiggle Wiggle”.  You can find it on page 198.

To help readers visualize this food play technique with movement, here is a video of Brito and Lyra.

This is one of my favorite ways to get a dog moving and it is extremely well suited to dogs that are tentative or who have lower food interest.  With the emphasis on quick finger movement, many dogs who enjoy prey activities more than food options really enjoy this.

Note that this is a technique for building drive and energy, not precision.  Pick the reward strategy that makes sense for your dog!

This video shows the technique.  You might want to give it a try; most dogs love this!

If there are other techniques from any of our books that you would like to see demonstrated in video, put a comment below and I’ll see what I can do.




About dfenzi

I'm a professional dog trainer who specializes in building relationship in dog handler teams who compete in dog sports. My personal passions are Competitive Obedience and no force (motivational) dog training. I travel throughout the world teaching seminars on topics related to Dog Obedience and Building Drives and Motivation. I own Fenzi Dog Sports Academy, a comprehensive online school for motivational training of performance sport dogs.

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