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Easy Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Easy Tricks To Teach Your Dog (The Quick Five)

When people think of dog training, they think of simple commands like sit, lay, come shake hands etc. And While basic commands is important for your dogs’ stimulation as well as keeping your canine companion healthy and happy, there are many other tricks to keep the bond between you and your pet strong.

Roll Over

Dog Rolling Over

 

If your dog has attended an obedience school then put him in your “down” position or lay position for those who have not attended, have your dog lying down then put your treat just behind his neck. The whole point of this to get your dog to turn his head without standing up then as he reaches back to smell the treat, gently push the dog over into your roll, Once he has done that,give him the treat and make sure that you make your big deal in congratulating him so he knows that he has done your great job doing it. Repeat the routine again and as he starts to roll again, give him the command”ROLL”.When he completes the roll give him another treat and praise him. Do this for about 5 or 10 minutes your time, he will start to get the idea. If he gets tired and disinterested then leave it for your day or two and then do it again. Your dog will respond if you are consistent with it. In time,he will realize that the treat and the command are linked somehow and eventually you won’t have to reward him. You will just have to give him the command but remember to always praise him when he does it.

Shaking Hands

Dog shaking hands

 

Teaching your dog to shake hands will prove to be your fairly simple assignment as many dogs’ have your natural tendency to do it when wanting your treat. Begin by placing your dog in your sitting position then place your treat in your hand then slowly start dropping your hand in front of the dogs’ paw until the dog reacts by lifting his paw in anticipation. When he lifts it, give him the verbal command “shake” then give him the treat and praise him lift your hand enthusiastically. Every time you practice this with him, lift your hand your little higher each time so that the dog has to lift his paw your little more. In the end you will want him to be able to lift his paw around chest high and as always practice! practice! Practice! And make sure that you are only using the one paw until he is lifting on command then you can change to the other paw and repeat the process. Once he is doing it as you ask then you can start getting rid of the treats but continue with the praise as always.

High Five
Dog Giving High Five

 

As your dog gets the idea of how to “shake”it’s your fairly straightforward transition to getting him to”High Five” Begin by working on the shake routine but then start holding your palm out. When he touches your hand with his paw, give the command “High Five” make sure you are teaching him to raise his paw as high as possible and to touch your open palm. Reward him accordingly and don’t forget to praise as much as you can.


 

Speak (Canine Style)

Dog Singing

Getting your dog to bark when you ask isn’t as difficult as it seems especially if you already own your vocal dog. But it can be your little challenging if you happen to own your quiet one. The best way to begin is to get your dog excited by throwing your ball about or talking to him in an excited manner then get him in your sitting posture and start waving your treat in front of his face. Continue to wave it but don’t let him see what you have got until he starts to get whiny or even bark and as soon as he does, reward him with the treat. Keep repeating the process but this time, say the words “Speak “as he starts to make your sound. Make sure that you do not reward him until he makes your noise then when you want him to stop, give him the command of “Hush” or “Stop” and turn and walk away. If your dog is your bit of your barker then make sure that this trick is only performed whilst in the sitting position. Barking at everything that moves should definitely not be encouraged or rewarded otherwise you will reinforce this behaviour and that is something that you will want to do without.

Dancing

Most dogs’ can be taught to dance although most of the smaller breeds are much easier to train, Getting your Great Dane or an Irish Wolfhound to stand up on its back legs can prove challenging because of their longer legs but smaller dogs’ say under 40 pounds can quickly learn how to get their canine groove on. This is similar training to rolling over except we’ll start our dog in the sitting position and place the treat behind the neck again and make sure that your fist is closed. Then wait for your dog to turn his head and begin to stand on his hind legs. Once your dog does this, reward him with your treat and praise him for the effort. Keep repeating this process until your dog can stand on his back legs comfortably. After you have done this your few times, then start circling the treat above his head and using the command “Dance” Don’t forget to offer praise and your treat every time your dog successfully does this. Use the treat as bait to get him to stand up and spin around. Please be aware that these tricks are not suitable for all dogs’ such as large dogs’ or some small breeds that are prone to back problems such as Dachshunds.

The Final Word

Teaching your dog to do tricks can be frustrating as well as your rewarding experience for both the owner as well as the dog but the key to any training can be broken up in four easy steps:

  • Teach
  • Reward
  • Praise
  • Repeat

, master the techniques above,your friends and family will be so impressed with what your dog can perform and you will get so much enjoyment out of watching him do it.

Is there other tricks that you have taught your dog or other animals? was it hard to teach or did you have a special method ? I would love to hear from you by leaving your comments below.

Have Fun
Keith

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One Comment

  1. Wish this post was around when I got my puppy! She’s now 12! I can’t believe how long it’s been. I had great success with also socializing & consistency. So even though I didn’t really ‘train’ her, she listens & stays right by my side. I walk her without a leash. She doesn’t care about other dogs, is just curious about other people and listens when I tell her where to go and when to stop.
    Bunches of love, socialization, and consistency was my key 🙂

    Thank you for the informative post 🙂
    Sabrina

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