Lance is a Shepherd mix who is very fearful when meeting new people, especially men, and some dogs. When I first arrived at the house it took him quite a while to take a treat from my hand. As part of the counterconditioning process we taught him to touch a hand in order to get a treat. By teaching him this we are helping to alleviate the fear he has when people reach out to pet him.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, FFCP, CTDI