In order to make your pet well-trained, it is important to make every interaction a chance to be a learning experience. Rather than having one or two half hour training session , aim to train for a few minutes several times a day. This makes you more interesting, your pet will have more reason to look to you for guidance. It prevents training burnout with your pet and you with shorter sessions.
Teaching your dog or cat to target (touch) your hand is a great way to not only build confidence in your pet but as a basis for getting them to come when called.
Grab a few piece of kibble and hold it in one hand behind your back. Place your hand about a half an inch away from your pet's nose. The moment his nose touches your hand, say "Good" and reward him with a piece of kibble.
As your dog or cat gets better, you can start to increase distance. Remember if they are not getting it 90% of the time, decrease the distance so they do not get frustrated.
CPDT-KA and Animal Behavior Consultant