Training your dog a few tricks can be a lot of fun, and it is very entertaining when you perform them. But most of all it will strengthen the bond between you and your pooch. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks… if you have a puppy, or just like proving them wrong, why not have a go!
Follow the links below for some very easy-to-learn tricks
Teaching Your Dog to Sit
Getting your canine friend to sit and behave him or herself is one of those essential skills every dog must know. Having your pet sit can be taught very early and easily. In order to teach your four-legged friend, you will need patience, time, and a lot of treats. Pick out a couple of times a day and practice with your pet.
Make sure to keep your practice times short. No more than 5-10 minutes at a time. Most canines when they are young have very short attention spans. Repetition is the mother of all learning is the motto to go by. Once you feel that you and your pet are ready have them come to you.
Take one of the treats in your hand. Show your dog the treat by raising your hand upward towards their nose. While telling him/her to SIT in a stern voice take your other hand and pet your dog from the head to the tail pressing down gently on its hind end until he/she sits.
When you,re pet sits give them the treat and a lot of praise. Now let your dog stand back up and repeat the process each time. Make sure you use a strong stern voice so that you have your pet,s attention. Being consistent in your training will help speed up this process.
Another common practice is to tell your pet to SIT whenever you see him/her sitting down and giving praise. This can be started on the first day and will help your dog connect the action to the verbal command.
Apart from pet training is also pet owner training. Being consistent with your animal while giving positive reinforcement will help with training you and your pet. Remember Patience is a virtue.you need to work with your pet every day. Before long you should find that your furry buddy should be sitting around the floor, house, or the couch with no problems.
Teaching Your Dog to Shake
Teaching your pet to shake is usually the next trick you want to train your pet to do after sit. This trick can also be turned into a Gimmie Five. As with any time you are training your dog.
Make sure to find a space with little to no distraction to the animal. Remember that a young dog often has a short memory span. Having an older dog around when training your pet is also helpful. A younger dog will see what the older dog is doing and imitate him or her.
Now its time to grab some treats and your pet and start shaken hands. Begin with having your pet sit. Now hold out your hand palm up and tell your pet to ‘shake’ or ‘give me your paw’. For the first few tries, you are going to want to give the command, hold out your hand, then pet your dog from the shoulder to its paw. Take your dog,s paw in your hand and raise it up off of the ground. When you have your dog’s paw in the air give your dog a treat. Make sure to say your dog,s name, the command, and a good boy or girl. This reaffirms the action with the command. Make sure to practice this a couple of times each day.
After your pet learns to shake you can try to teach him or her to give you a hi-five. This time have your dog sit. Now crouch in front of your dog. Hold your hand up like you are giving a hi-five. With your other hand grab your dog’s paw and bring it up to your hand. Before giving praise and a treat making sure to say your pet,s name and good boy or girl.
Teaching Your Dog to Fetch
From going out to the park, beach, or maybe just in front of the television. Playing fetch with your dog is a great way to exercise your animal and have some fun at the same time. One of your dog,s favorite things to do is chase stuff down. They like to do it so much they even chase their tails. Every time you play with your pet you can work on this.
It is important that you are consistent in your use of a command word. Make sure you use a one-word command and stick with it. This repetition of hearing a command and performing an action reinforces the training.
When starting out you will need to find a place that has few distractions for your pet. Remember that a young dog often has a short memory span. Having an older dog around when training your pet is also helpful. A younger dog will see what the older dog is doing and imitate him or her.
Once you find a good spot, have a ball or toy, and some treats. Show your pet the toy. Let them put it in their mouth. Now make them release the object and tell him or her to sit. Show your pet the toy and give the command word then throw the object. Your pet should with no problem
Once you find a good spot, have a ball or toy, and some treats. Show your pet the toy. Let them put it in their mouth. Now make them release the object and tell him or her to sit. Show your pet the toy and give the command word then throw the object. Your pet should with no problem chase down the object and start to wrestle with it.
Now repeat the command word and let your pet know you have a treat. If your pet drops the toy and just wants the treat to go get the object and repeat the process. Once your pet performs the trick make sure to give your pet a lot of praise. When praising your pet make sure to repeat your pet’s name, the command word, and good boy or girl. This reaffirms the command to your pet.
One thing to never do while teaching your pet to fetch is to chase after them. This makes your dog think that your playing a game of ’chase me’. A common technique is to turn your back towards your pet or show that you have lost interest in the chase. Often the pet will come chasing you down wanting you to throw the toy again.
Apart from pet training is also pet owner training. Being consistent with your animal while giving positive reinforcement will help with training you and your pet. Remember patience is a virtue. you need to work with your pet every day.
Teaching Your Dog to Roll Over
Teaching your pet to roll over is what could be considered a compound trick. If you try and teach your pet to roll over by just waving treat in front of its nose while he or she is laying down. Chances are you will get frustrated and quit or your pet will get distracted and try to wander off.
A better practice is to break down the trick into steps and work on them individually. As always when working on training your pet. Make sure to find a space with little to no distraction to the animal. Remember that a young dog often has a short memory span. Having an older dog around when training your pet is also helpful. A younger dog will see what the older dog is doing and imitate him or her.
The four steps to teach your dog are to lie down, play dead, back, and over. You want to work on each step individually until they are mastered one by one. Begin by teaching your pet to lay down. This is can be done by having your pet sit then showing them a treat in front of their nose.
Now slowly lower the treat to the ground. While you are doing that tell your pet in a stern voice to ‘LAY DOWN. When your pet lies down to give them the treat while praising. Make sure to say your pet,s name, the command, and good boy or girl. This reaffirms the command with the action to your pet.
After getting your dog to lay down it is time to move to the next step. Begin teaching your dog to play dead by having them lay down. Next, take your hand and press it against your pet’s shoulder blade rolling it on to its side. If your pet does’t seem comfortable when you do it that is ok. Make sure to be gentle and tell your pet how good he or she is. Remember to repeat the command while performing the action.
Now you can proceed with teaching your pet to roll to its back. Common phrases like show me your belly and get on your back’ work well. To get your pet to do this have them lay down then play dead.
Now start rubbing your pet belly while doing so try and roll him or her on to their back. Repeating your command word and showing affection.
After your pet shows you their belly have them roll back over. You can combine telling your pet to roll over when you do this. Afterward, make sure to give your pet lots of praise.
Teaching your pet to roll overtakes some time. You have to work with your pet every day. With time and practice, you will have taught your pet how to roll over.