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Need help finding a new word for TOUCH

September 11th, 2006, 09:26 PM
I need a word, preferably an intuitive one that means the same as TOUCH. We're going to be using that cue in agility class so I don't want to use it, but I would like to teach Charley to 'touch' people with his nose as a greeting instead of walking around on his hind legs looking for attention.

Any ideas?

September 11th, 2006, 09:36 PM
I'm a little vague on what you mean by intuitive... may be my lack of sleep, sorry...

I would pick most likely snuff or snub but I don't know if that's what you are after.. :o

September 11th, 2006, 09:43 PM
I think by intuitive it means something that makes contextual sense, that you wouldn't have to think hard to remember or make sense of...

How about "nose"?

September 11th, 2006, 09:49 PM
How about 'poke'. lol Sorry couldn't resist. Why not 'hello'?

September 11th, 2006, 09:54 PM
I would like to teach Charley to 'touch' people with his nose as a greeting instead of walking around on his hind legs looking for attention.

hello. hi. howdy. hola. bonjour. salut. hallo. ciao. etc....

he walks around on his hind legs looking for attention?

September 11th, 2006, 10:34 PM
I'm with phoenix- "nose!"

And with Jessi - What do you mean by walks around looking for attention?

September 12th, 2006, 09:44 AM

Is he by any chance a big dog?

Sunny greets people by nudging them with his nose but if he is excited he get greet with a bit to much euthusiasm, he will start by a gentle head butt to the knees and then quickly brings his head straight up, that can be a little tough on the men :crazy:

September 12th, 2006, 12:41 PM
Is he by any chance a big dog?

Nope, he's a small dog, 15 lbs of fluff.

He only gets up on his hind legs to greet someone, he's not supposed to jump up on people so this is how he gets himself closer to their hand without touching them.

I like nudge, nose or poke.

Hello is being used to greet people coming to the yard or in the house, as in "Charley, go say hello" means that I know who it is and he can quietly go say hello.

Hi has already been messed up and he thinks it means he should charge whoever is coming to the gate and bark his fool head off (hence the switch to Hello) :D

September 13th, 2006, 02:33 PM
I used touch to have Cider touch things with nose or paw. When they went to use it in agility I used target for touching the target plate in agility.

If your dog already knows touch as something, switching the word now and using it for something else may work out, or it may be a command the dog won't get for an excedingly long time.

September 13th, 2006, 02:47 PM
Using target in class would make more sense to me, now that you mention it, but I was going to go along with the word that the instructors use to make it easier.
I guess I'll use touch at home for hands, etc and target in class... Makes more sense to me, and at the end of the day, its me that matters. :D