3 Easy To Teach Dog Tricks

Teaching your dog a trick, or three, even the easy ones you need to have some sort of reward, aka a small piece of meat, being in an environment they are comfortable in and be sure and keep the training sessions less than 5 minutes or your dog will start to get board, just always tell them when they get a trick correct, give them a bunch of love, and of course a small piece of meat for a well deserved reward. Do not make the celebration to big of a party though as you want to keep the focus for the whole 5 minutes. Make sure and do it somewhere they are familiar and aren’t excited about, like the living room carpet.

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Earnie the Pug in a Swing

Getting your dog to give you a high five, make sure your best friend is sitting, then as you say the word ‘high five’ take your dogs 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 just make sure and keep things nice and easy breezy. Most dogs will pick this up even after your first 5 minute training. Some may take longer, we thing the fresh piece of hamburger is what speeds up the learning process though, so don’t forget!

The high five, like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier ability’s, in this case the high five trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you would for the paw trick. You dog will think you want to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we taught him earlier, as they reaches up you say “give me five” and give him the treat. Now that you both have it figured out how to do the paw stunt, you should be able to proceed with just getting the reaction you want with just a simple raising of your hand, you know like, talk to the hand.

Getting your dog to jump through a hoop, before you start this one I would just 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, get the dogs 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 sit, 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. He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of hoopla. Pulling this crazy, stunt off while not cutting them off at the knees usually just requires you starting with the hoop totally on the ground, then raise it in a couple inch increments and before you all know it they will flying through the air!

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