The Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop is sponsored by Caru, Nature’s Logic, and The Honest Kitchen.

We’re so excited to be a part of this year’s Trick or Treat Giveaway Hop! Henry and I are joining up with fourteen other dog bloggers to bring you the chance to win almost $600 in prizes while teaching your dog fifteen new tricks. 

We’re going to teach you a “trick” that will help you keep your dog’s attention if there is something distracting afoot. Henry is reactive on walks, which can be a challenge in the city, and teaching him to touch my hand on command helps to center him and regain his focus if we run into another dog. Keeping reading for your chance to learn “TOUCH” and win a bunch of fun prizes!


I use a clicker training method with Henry, so I will be referencing it in the steps. Clicker training is very useful to help a dog understand exactly which moment he is doing the correct behavior. You can learn more about clicker training here. Alternatively, you can use a single word such as “YES!” to mark the moment your dog performs the behavior.

“Hmmmm…a hand.”
1.) Let’s Start!

First, you dog needs to get used to touching your palm with his nose. Present your hand to your dog, holding it flat with the palm facing him. When he sniffs or investigates it, click or say “YES!” and give him a treat. If you dog needs a little bit of encouragement, consider smearing a little peanut butter or cheese on your hand to entice him. 

“Yeah, Mom, I know that hand is just behind your back.”
2.) Next Steps

Put your hand behind your back so that your dog can’t see it and wait a second. Present it again, and reward your dog when he sniffs or investigates it again. Repeat this several times until your dog associates seeing your hand with touching your palm.

“Easy peasy.”
3.) Adding The Command

When he is touching your hand reliably, you can add in the command “TOUCH.” Keep practicing until he will touch your palm with his nose whenever you present your hand and give the command. Remember to keep rewarding your dog! 

“So…you want me to get up?”
4.) Make It More Challenging!

Start asking your dog to “touch” from further distances so he has to walk a bit to reach you. Increase the distance he has to travel little by little until he has to travel across your apartment or house. If you practice and strengthen it enough, your can use “touch” as a recall. Keep it fun and rewarding, and your dog may drop whatever it’s doing to come “boop” your hand!

“Paws in the air!” My hand is out of frame, but Henry loves jumping to touch it. It’s like a fun “high five!”
5.) Have Fun!

You can have some fun with this, too! I like to present my hand to Henry at all different angles and heights, challenging him to spin and jump to reach it. He loves it and we have a lot of fun!

That’s It!

Pretty easy, right? Many dogs can learn this trick quickly. This was one of the first things I taught Henry after I adopted him, and I used it as a bonding exercise as we got to know each other.

Important Notes

1.) It’s so important to keep training fun and positive for you and your dog! If he makes a mistake, consider saying “oops!” instead of “no” to keep things light and happy. He will love working with you if he has a good time!

2.) Try to keep training sessions short and digestible — Henry likes to work in ten-minute chunks — to keep your dog from getting bored or frustrated.

3.) End on a good note! Make sure everyone walks away from the training session feelings great by ending it after your dog successfully performed the behavior.

Enter to Win!

Now that we’ve learned a “TRICK,” it’s time for some “TREATS!” Use the widget at the end of the post to enter for your chance to win some great prizes, and visit each participating blog for your chance to learn a new trick and enter additional times! Giveaway is open to the US and Canada and ends 11:59PM PST on 10/30/16.


GRAND PRIZE: $300 Gift Card to PetSmart.


SECOND PRIZESponsored by Caru Pet Food. Prize is a 14 bag assortment of Caru’s Soft ‘n Tasty Baked Bites and Baked Bars. Estimated value is $100.


THIRD PRIZE: Sponsored by Nature’s Logic. Prize is 1 bag of canine beef lung treats, 1 bag of canine beef liver treats, and 1 bag of canine beef tendon treats for 3 lbs of treats in total. Estimated value is $80.


FOURTH PRIZE: Sponsored by The Honest Kitchen. The prize pack will include the new Nice Mussels plus Wishes, Pecks (8 oz), Beams (7 oz), Quickies, and Smooches (16 oz). Estimated value is $72.


PLUS: Follow all participating blogs on Instagram for your details on how to win a $20 PetSmart gift card and a bow tie of choice from Brooklyn Bowtied!


Participating Bloggers

Kol’s Notes

Beagles & Bargains

My Dog Likes

A Dog Walks into a Bar

Wag ‘N Woof Pets

Dog Mom Days

Heart Like a Dog

My GBGV Life


Rubicon Days

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It’s Dog or Nothing

Sarcastic Dog

Tails from the Road

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Rochelle BaRoss is an accessory designer by day and a blogger, entrepreneur, and dog mom by night. She moved to Brooklyn in 2012 without a paying job, signed a lease on a two-bedroom apartment with five other people, and worked hard and saved for years until she could move into her own studio apartment and adopt Henry, her terrier mix.


  1. we don’t know this particular trick yet, but they know a variety of other cute tricks!

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  3. The touch command is, so far, the only trick I’ve been able to teach Dipper aside from sit and (sometimes) stay! I find it’s extremely useful for times when I’m trying to redirect his attention or to get him to go near something new and unfamiliar.

    I taught the trick with a balled first rather than my open palm. I had the hardest time getting him to even come near my hand, fist or otherwise, because he’s so cautious. I had to put a treat he could smell in my hand for it to work.

    Great job, Henry!

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  5. Nice! My dog knows this trick with two fingers, although I don’t have a verbal “touch” command.

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      That’s great that your dog doesn’t need a command! I found that Henry sometimes needs a verbal cue for this particular trick, otherwise he second guesses himself because he sees my hand often 😉

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      It’s a good one! Once she’s used to touching your hand, you can graduate to teaching her to touching specific objects, which can then be used to graduate to things like closing doors (one of the other tricks in this Hop)

  6. Linda Szymoniak Reply

    I have three rescued Treeing Walker Coonhounds. None of them know this trick, but I think I’ll try to teach it to them. The pooch in the photos is adorable, by the way.

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Thank you! 🙂 That’s my Henry! Good luck with the Trick!

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  9. Don’t have a dog, so no. Cat person that’d love to win the Petsmart card. Any doggie treats would be donated.

  10. Caitlyn Orr Reply

    My dog does know this trick. At the moment we are working on using this trick to teach her to turn off the lights.

  11. allison hoffman Reply

    My dog doesn’t know that trick yet, but now i will teach him! Thank you!

  12. Jen Longhurst Reply

    Yup! My dog Jasper Zen knows this and 100 more tricks!
    Awesome post 🙂

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  14. Yes my dog knows this! This was one of the lessons we learned in puppy class actually as part of an intro to obedience.

  15. Amanda Patterson Reply

    Yes my girl knows touch and we taught it in a similar way! It is something great to use when she is really stressed too

  16. Brandi Hawn Reply

    he does something really similar when i tell him to give me a kiss it’s really sweet 🙂

  17. One of my dogs gives us ‘high fives.’ We tried to pick tricks our dogs seemed to want to do naturally, and then reward them when they did them to reinforce them. Cool though!

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      That’s great! That’s how Henry and I ended up learning “spin” – he loves to do it!

  18. Devin Johns Reply

    Are there any practical uses of this trick besides just bonding? I’ll have to try it out.

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      I can be used as a recall if you really perfect it, and it’s great to help center and focus a dog that’s distractible. Henry can be reactive with other dogs on walks, so I’ll use “touch” to draw his attention away from an approaching dog.

  19. Nala and Cody don’t know this trick but Nala loves to nudge people so she would probably be a quick study.

  20. Steve Weber Reply

    My dog barely knows one trick… the one trick she knows she mastered— SLEEPING.

  21. Delilah is reactive around certain dogs. I carry treats to help distract her, and I use LOOK to get her to focus. I like the idea of touch too, just for something different, to keep her on her toes. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this trick!

  22. Cheryl Chervitz Reply

    My dogs do not know this trick. It would be interesting to see if they can learn it.

  23. Mary Cloud Reply

    We haven’t taken the time to teach our pups any tricks yet.

  24. Daniel Scott Reply

    My dog knows paw up. He will put his paws where I point, but he doesn’t know the touch command.

  25. No, my dog doesn’t know/wasn’t trained it… i don’t really see a point to it?

  26. I’m entering to win the gift card for my sister, who is a cat lady! I’m not sure her cats know any tricks, beyond driving her crazy.

  27. Looking so dapper, Henry! Touch is a great trick to teach with some practical uses. I incorporate it to reposition Ruby for other tricks!

  28. Emily Endrizzi Reply

    Nope, our dogs don’t know this trick. We need to get busy!

  29. I’ve never seen this trick before and it looks like one my dog could easily learn. Thanks for the easy directions to follow!

  30. Billy Lilley Reply

    My dog does not know this trick but I plan to teach it to him.

  31. You know my one dog learned this in school, but we never practiced/keep it up after she graduated.

  32. My dogs do not know this trick yet. You make it look so easy that I think we will try it.

  33. Anne-Marie Tvete Reply

    My dog does not know this, but I am going to try teaching it to him as he gets distracted when we are walking in town.

  34. We’ve used touch as a way to learn other tricks, but never really by itself. It’s a great idea to use it for recall or keeping attention when on walks. I think I’ll add it in for those too, since Luke is also reactive.
    Henry is so cute, and his coloring reminds me so much of our Luke!

  35. Sandy Weinstein Reply

    my middle child was partially trained using the clicker and she learned a lot. i have not used it in a few yrs so dont know if she would remember, the clicker, touch, come, stay, etc. but she does does a lot of this anyway. i have not tried the touch method though.

  36. Laurie Nykaza Reply

    So cute love to try this with our 3 dogs looks like fun your dog did it well!

  37. Jamie Williams Reply

    No my dog doesn’t know this trick. It looks like it can be done though.

  38. Oh I love your method to teach! I need to try that and see how it works on our dogs. They really just know how to sit, but would love to start teaching them some new things.

  39. Thanks for sharing this trick! It would be interesting if YoYo could learn it. thanks

  40. My dog does not know this trick but would be able to learn it.

  41. Christina A. Reply

    I don’t have a dog but have two cats so I hope it is okay to enter for the PetSmart gift card but my closest neighbor and friend has a sweet dog named Penny and I don’t believe she knows this trick and if I won one of the other prizes then it would go to her! 🙂

  42. My dogs do not know this trick~I am going to have to see if they can learn it too.

  43. Kelley Koehler Reply

    We haven’t worked on this one yet. We are going to though! Thanks for sharing!

  44. I have never tried the “touch” command, but I have used the word “paw”, which is basically the same thing 🙂

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Haha cute! 🙂 Henry is weird about his feet, so I haven’t had luck with “paw” yet!

  45. Celeste Herrin Reply

    My little pomeranian knows this trick, along with many others. She is getting much older now and has arthritis, but she still can do and remember a lot of the tricks she has learned growing up. I appreciate the information. I learned a few things from it.

  46. Henry is so cute!! I don’t have a dog but I have a cat who likes to play fetch lol! My brother’s dog is kind of unruly so teaching her a few commands or tricks would probably help with that. I’ll have to show him this! Thank you!

  47. I taught my dog alot of tricks/commands but did not use a clicker just a treat reward

  48. Yes this is actually one of the tricks my dog can do!! I did it pretty similar to the way you listed in the blog. We rescued our dog from the humane society when she was about 1 1/2 years old and she’s a lab so she’s a pretty fast learner!! We are very blessed to have her as a member of our family!!

  49. Jay Jackson Reply

    The only trick my dog knows is how to follow me everywhere and beg for attention.

  50. rhonda miotke Reply

    No not yet, he is a 3 month old, so we are working on sit, stay and the biggy potty time

  51. KaylaKayla Reply

    Yes!! I adopted a stray from the shelter a year ago and this was maybe the 5th trick that I taught him!! He is so cute when he does it. 🙂

  52. My dog knows a few easy tricks but I never thought to teach her this one. Great tips and I’m going to see if my dog Shelby can get this one also! Thank you!

  53. Tandi Vidal Reply

    We are getting a dog next year. He will be taught lots of tricks. My husband has trained one of our cats to sit and stand. 😀

  54. Sherry Lilly Reply

    We are still trying can you teach an old dog new tricks? LOL

  55. natasha lamoreux Reply

    We have a new puppy and haven’t taught him any tricks yet but we will try this one!

  56. Our dog sits, stays n gives paw we are still doing over tricks like fetch n roll over

  57. wendy browne Reply

    My Boston knows this, taught pretty much the same method.

  58. nope..she dont know the trick..she is too busy getting her tummy rubbed all the time

  59. My dog doesn’t know that trick. Can you really teach old dogs new tricks 🙂

  60. Nancy Munson Reply

    My dog is just a young pup just knows how to sit and lay down

  61. If it involves a treat, my dog knows the trick to get it. That’s how I teach him most everything — with treats!

  62. It’s the one trick we haven’t mastered yet. She always thinks there’s food in my hand. We’ll keep working on it.

  63. All 3 of my dogs can touch their cold wet noses to my hand, and I used clicker training to get them to do it!

  64. Nadia Martin Reply

    My golden doesn’t know this trick but he knows sit and lay down !

  65. Kimmy Ripley Reply

    We got a rescue in January and we are trying to teach her how to roll over. She learned how to sit.

  66. Janice MURPHY Reply

    Yes does , and meany more she a German shepherd dog she has been trained do meany other things

  67. My dog doesn’t know that trick! She’s a slow learner at her old age (PS Henry is so adorable omg)

  68. Our dog doesn’t know this trick, but he knows a few other ones.

  69. Tamra Gibson Reply

    I’m very blessed. I took in a stray that at one time they must have loved and trained but later they weren’t very nice to him. He is sweet and does know a couple tricks.

  70. jeanette sheets Reply

    no my babies dont know this trick yet ,but will be a new one we work on ,thanks

  71. Gina Ferrell Reply

    My dog does know this trick. I’m now teaching it to my other dog that I took in because my neighbor could not care for it.

  72. She has learned it. She’s really smart and eager to please.

  73. Juanita May Reply

    beau is young, and we haven’t had hil long, so no tricks yet. He is smart, so I think he will pick this up quickly.

  74. Christina Z Reply

    My girl does not know this trick. I am going to try teach her.

  75. Michelle S Reply

    My little gal does not know this trick. She’s physically limited.

  76. Tucker doesn’t know that trick per say. He somewhat knows it. It’s a skill in progress. I was unaware of the name up til now.

  77. Cathy Truman Reply

    Our Bailey does not know this trick but he likes to learn new tricks
    so he will be learning this one

  78. Ann Sheehan Reply

    My dog is turning 12 this Halloween, what a great gift for her. She’s a well trained dog and would love a new one to learn.

  79. Tammy Horn Reply

    My dogs know touch. We first started with a touch stick first.

  80. This is such a great idea I will definitely try this with both my pups ! Can’t wait to start!

  81. Colleen Boudreau Reply

    My dog doesn’t know this trick. I have a 4 year old Boxer, & she’s really hyper and gets excited easily.. so sometimes she has difficulty trying to pay attention long enough to learn tricks lol.

  82. Michele Cupp Reply

    We don’t really do this as a trick, but it’s sort of an automatic for my dog. Not sure why, but she’s a rescue, so maybe someone else taught her?

  83. I have not specifically taught this trick. But if I hold up my palm, my dog will come touch it if it is at a level she can reach. She was a pre-owned rescue though so maybe her previous owners taught it. They taught a lot of manners.

  84. Awesome Post! Love the “touch” trick. It’s just so useful, people don’t realize how useful it is. I used to teach this in my dog training classes and it was so fun because the dog would learn it so quickly. I love it to re-focus my Jack Russell. It helps him a lot to do an easy game to bring the attention back to me. Thanks for the post, love all you do!

  85. Kim Cowgar Reply

    No dog. I’d love the gc and any treats, etc would go to my local shelter. Great trick! My cat can do high five – that’s kinda close.

  86. My dogs do not know this trick. I am enjoying learning about lots of new tricks though!

  87. Definitely going to work on touch with Temo after seeing how amazing Henry was at it today!! lol!!
    As I said, Temo does an amazing “crawl” when he feels like it haha

  88. Melissa Storms Reply

    My dog does not know this trick but I can see how it would be very good for her to know.

  89. One of my dogs knows this trick 🙂 Itsy loves to come on my lap but needs to be picked up. She never was in my reach when she would ask to get picked up so I taught her to touch my hand LOL

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