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.
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3 Easy Dog Tricks to Teach
Remember when they get something right give lots of praise and a reward treat. Just be careful not to get them over excited or they will loose concentration.
1. Giving a Paw Dog Tricks
Getting your dog to give you their paw, first get your dog to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take your dogs paw in your hand, give the dog a treat, repeat this, after a few times do not take their paw so quickly, say the word, count to one then take it.
You should notice they are bringing their paw up as you say the word. If they do 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.
2. High Five Dog Tricks
The high five, like a lot of dog tricks 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.
You dog will think you want to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we taught them earlier. As they reach up you say “high five” and give them the treat.
Using a hand signal for Dog Tricks
Once your dog has mastered the paw trick this one should be very easy to learn and with just a few sessions they will be doing it on a hand signal rather than voice command.
3. Jumping through Hoops
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 hurt themselves while doing the trick.
Sit your dog on one side of a hula hoop. Get the dogs attention on one hand and on the other side of the hoop take a treat in your other hand and give the dog the command to release themselves from the sit position. At first they may attempt to go around or under the hoop.
Jumping Dog Tricks
If this happens start again. Your dog wants the treat and will soon learn that going around or under does not get it so they will soon start going through it. When they do say hoopla and give them the treat. They will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of hoopla.
How to Start Off with Dog Tricks
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 just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it as they get used to the trick.
Now you know three easy dog tricks to teach your loving friend.
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