All responsible dog owners understand how important training your dog is. Training your dog to react to basic commands like sit, stay, and down help provide them with basic good manners that makes our lives with them more enjoyable. While teaching basic commands is very important, there are also many benefits of teaching your dog tricks. Tricks are a fun way to provide your dog with mental and physical enrichment and stimulation. They also help you develop a stronger bond with your dog. Plus, tricks are also really cool to show off to your friends! Why not grab the bag of treats and give these ticks a try?
- Have your dog sit.
- Hold a treat in one hand, and show it to your dog. Close your fist over the treat so he can’t get it.
- Give your dog the command “shake,” and wave your closed fist under his nose to keep him interested in the treat.
- Wait for your dog to start digging in your hand for the treat. Usually dogs sniff around, and when that doesn’t work they begin to paw at your hand.
- The moment your dog touches your hand with his paw, tell him “good” and open your hand allowing him to have the treat.
- Practice “shake” for 5 minutes, two or three times a day.
- Start off telling your dog to stay.
- Take a few steps away from your dog, and then turn and face him.
- Begin moving towards your dog. Some dogs will take a few steps back the minute you start moving in their direction.
- If your dog doesn’t start stepping back as you move toward him, keep going forward, and try to lean your body forward slightly.
- As soon as your dog takes a few steps back, tell him “good” then give him a treat.
- Once your dog seems to understand the action, add in the words “back up.” Continue to reward your dog when he backs up on cue.
- Practice for a few minutes each day, and your dog will soon be responding to the backup command.
- Start with your dog in a standing position.
- Hold a treat in front of your dog’s nose. Slowly pull the treat toward the side of your dog’s head so he’ll have to turn his head to follow it.
- Keep pulling the treat around in a circle around your dog’s body so he’ll have to spin in order to keep track of the treat.
- Once your dog has followed the treat in a complete circle, tell him “good” and give him the treat.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times.
- Once your dog seems to understand the action, add the command word “spin” before once again repeating steps 2 and 3.
- Spend about 5 minutes several times a day practicing the spin.
- Start by telling your dog to lay down. If your dog doesn’t know how to lay down, go back and teach him how to do that first.
- Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose, and slowly pull it over to his side so he’ll have to roll over onto his side to get it.
- As soon as your dog is lying on his side, tell him “good” then give him a treat.
- Repeat step two and three several times.
- After your dog has been able to complete the action a few times, add a cue word and a hand signal. Most people choose to use the verbal command “bang” along with a hand signal command, holding the fingers to look like a gun pointing at the dog. Others prefer to simply use “dead.”
- Repeat step two and three.
- Practice this trick several times a day for a few minutes each time.
Take a bow
- Start with your dog standing up.
- Hold a treat at the tip of your dog’s nose, and slowly move it down, holding it close to your dog’s body. In this way, you will use the treat to lure your dog down until his elbows are on the floor with his rear end remaining up.
- Hold your dog in the bow for a few seconds, and then use the treat to lure him back into a standing position.
- As soon as your dog completes the bow and is standing up, tell him “good” and give him the treat.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times.
- Once your dog seems to understand the action, you can add the cue word “bow” before going through steps 2 and 3 again.
- Practice the bow command with your dog several times a day for no more than 5 minutes each time.
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