Before you get started teaching your dog to cover his nose, you will want to gather a few essential supplies. Treats, and plenty of them, are an important part of any training session. Your treats should be high value, meaning that your dog is very interested in them. This will help ensure their attention is on you and the task at hand rather than some other, more interesting distraction.
A treat bag is also a great accessory for training. A bag that clips to your belt or waist not only holds treats at the ready, it also frees up both of your hands for throwing toys, treating, praising or giving commands with hand gestures.
While training, it’s important to remember to take it slow when teaching a new behavior. Complicated behaviors, such as your dog covering his nose, require laying down foundational building blocks or steps. Make sure your dog has thoroughly mastered the first step before moving onto the next. This will help create a solid response and will lead to a better learning experience overall for you and your pooch. With that in mind, it’s time to select a method for training your dog to cover his nose.