3 easy to teach dog tricks

3 Easy to teach dog tricks

To teach your dog tricks, even easy ones, you need to have some small reward treats, be in a quiet, suitable place, and keep the training sessions to 10 – 15 minutes, or your dog will start to get bored. Remember when he gets something right, lots of praise and a reward treat, be careful not to get him over-excited, or he will lose concentration.

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Getting your dog to give you his paw

First get your dog to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take your dog’s paw in your hand, give the dog a treat, repeat this, after a few times, do not take his paw so quickly, say the word, count to one then take it, you should notice he is bringing his paw up as you say the word if he does not go back to saying it at the same time, do it a few more times then slow your response again. After 2 or 3 sessions, most dogs pick this one up quite happily.

High five

like a lot of tricks the high five, is a progression of an earlier trick. In this case, the paw trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you would for the paw trick. Your dog will think you want to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw, as we taught him earlier. You say “high five” as he reaches up and gives him the treat. Once your dog has mastered the paw trick, this one should be very easy to learn, and with just a few sessions, he will be doing it on hand signal rather than voice control.

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Getting your dog to jump through a hoop

Before starting this one, I would like to ask you to be a little sensible and not hold the hoop too high as you do not want your dog to heart himself while doing the trick. Sit your dog on one side of a hula hoop, and get the dog’s attention on your hand. On the other side of the hoop, take a treat in your hand and give the dog the command to release him from the seat. At first, he may attempt to go around or under the hoop. If this happens, start again, your dog wants the treat and will soon learn that going around or under does not get it, so he will soon start going through it when he does say hoopla and give him the treat.

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He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of hoopla. When I started doing this trick, I had a medium-sized dog (a Labrador), so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and slowly raised it to waist height. If you have a smaller dog, you might want to start with the hoop touching the ground, so the dog goes through the hoop and then slowly raises it as he gets used to it.

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