Teaching your dog to do tricks is a great form of stimulation. It is also a fun way for you to bond with your pet. Learning tricks will help your buddy to learn obedience while keeping him happy.
Next time you have a party, impress your friends with dog tricks. Before starting trick training, take note that some dogs learn faster than others.
Check an obedience guide to reference your dog’s personality and other factors that could affect his training.
Teaching your dog a new trick will take a bit of time. Treats will certainly help. It is about repetitive behavior and rewards.
Do not be harsh with your dog. It will help if your dog knows the basic commands such as sit, stay, and come. If they do not, start there.
Remember to grab the treats. Keep training sessions short and fun. No more than ten minutes at a time.
After the session is over, get out a favorite toy or go for a walk. The dog will associate trick training and a favorite activity together. Meaning he will think it is fun. Here is a list of easy tricks to teach your dog.
Time for a bow
This is an easy trick because most dogs do this instinctively. Not only do dogs bow when they stretch, but some will bow when they are ready to play. When your dog is in a stretch, give him a treat and give some sort of command.
It can be as simple as bow or take a bow. After you repeat this several times while he is stretching, he will do it on command. It does not hurt to do it along with him. He may look at you a little funny, but that is okay. Repetition is the key to success with this trick.
This is another relatively easy trick to teach and learn. Dogs will normally put a paw up when they are looking for a treat. To teach this trick, ask your dog to sit.
One he is sitting, take a treat and slowing move it down to the paw. When your dog raises his paw to get the treat, say shake, and give him the treat. Make sure to give tons of praise.
During the next practice session, make sure the treat is a little higher off the ground. This will trigger your dog to raise his paw higher.
Make sure to use your verbal command. Give your dog his treat and plenty of praise. Each time you practice, continue to raise the treat a bit higher. Once your dog is raising his paw to chest level, he is ready.
When practicing, make sure to work with the same paw. Once your pup shakes on command, you can switch paws if you wish. If you decide to switch paws, it is important to change your verbal cue.
You can say switch or other. This way the dog understands which paw you are asking for. Once the dog responds on command, it is time to eliminate the treats. Instead, give a lot of rubs and praise when he responds.
Give me five
Once your dog masters shake, the next logical trick is high five. Start the same way as you did when teaching shake. The difference being when your dog raises his paw up high, it with your palm. The verbal command to use is, of course, high five.
Make sure to give a treat and praise right after giving the verbal command. The goal of this trick is simple. On command, you want your dog to raise is paw high and touch your palm.
If your dog normally likes to talk, teaching him to speak on command should be easy. If your dog is more on the quiet and shy side, this trick may be a bit harder to teach. Begin this trick by play ball or with a toy.
Exciting the dog will make this trick easier. After a minute or two of playing, give the sit command. Once the dog is sitting, wave a treat in front of him.
Keep waving the treat until your dog makes some sort of noise. He may not bark at first. He may instead make a whining noise. Once he makes a noise, give the speak command and reward with a treat.
Continue to repeat the process. Make sure not to give a treat until your dog makes some sort of noise. As soon as noise is made, make sure to emphasize the speak command.
When you are done, give the quiet command and walk away. This will single to the dog that the training session is over.
If your dog already barks a lot, make sure when you are practicing that he is always sitting. You do not want to encourage him to bark whenever he wants to. Never reward excessive barking. Your dog is smart. He will learn the difference.
Belly up or roll over
If there is a hard trick to teach, this may be it. The success of this trick depends on the dog. Some dogs just will not roll completely over, but they will do belly up for a belly rub.
To start this trick, ask your dog to lay down. If he will not cooperate, gently put him in the down position. Next, with a treat in hand, rub his back. The idea is that you want him to turn around while still in the down position.
When he starts to smell the treat, carefully roll him over. As soon as the roll is complete, give him the treat. Praise him for doing a good job. Repeat the process. Work with your dog for five to ten minutes.
The next day, do another five to ten-minute session. Make sure to emphasize the command word. Your dog will soon connect the command word with the actual act of rolling over. With practice, your dog will be rolling like a pro.
Time to dance
Learning to dance is more for the little dogs. If your dog can already stand up, you are halfway there. With a treat in hand, command your dog to stand. Take the treat and make a small circle above his head.
The goal is for him to move in a circle while following a treat.
While he is moving, make sure to use a command word dance. After a few practice sessions, your little dog with twirl like a ballerina.