5 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Dog
Most pet owners consider canines a bit too stubborn and not intelligent enough as compared to their feline buddies. However, that does not mean that your dog cannot receive some basic fun training. Training your dog is not only one of the best ways to have fun with it, but it also helps to stimulate its mind and keep it healthy. If you are reading this article, you are probably looking for some ideas on how to train your dog by yourself at home (or wondering if it is even possible to do so). In this article, we will take you through five easy dog tricks to teach your dog without the need of any dog trainer. Before we continue, it is very important to note, that when training your dog, each training session should not last for more than ten minutes. Also, it will be much easier to teach your dog these tricks if it has successfully learned to obey simple commands such as “sit,” “down,” and “stay.” So, are you ready to spice up your relationship with your canine buddy with some simple and easy dog tricks? Good. Let’s begin.
It is beautiful, isn’t it? When you see a dog being able to execute a simple and yet adorable ‘handshake’ with its owner. You may have tried unsuccessfully to extend the same education to your dog on several occasions but have ended up dismissing the whole idea because your dog was just having none of it. But let’s give it another try. This time, with our help. The good news is that training your dog to do a simple handshake is less difficult than it may look. This is because dogs have a natural tendency to raise their paws, usually when they want something. So, we will use this to our advantage. As mentioned earlier, the simple tricks we will be going through in this article require that your dog can already simple instructions. With the ‘handshake’ trick, it is very important that your dog already knows how to sit on command. Okay, so here is the trick. First, you need to hold out a treat for your dog. But be sure that your dog can see the treat. Once you have your dog’s attention and gaze on the treat in your hand, slowly lower your hand to the floor, then just as slowly raise it again. Do this as many times as you need to until your dog begins to lift its paws for the treat (again, playing on the dog’s natural tendency to lift its paws when it wants something). As soon as your dog raises its paws as high as its chest, say out loud “shake,” and place your hand beneath its paws for the handshake. Do not forget to treat it for a good job done. Keep practicing until your dog masters the trick. And oh, always use the same word, so you do not confuse your dog.
How many times have we seen the old rollover trick, and yet, how many times have we found it simply adorable? Well, your dog can learn this trick too (and, of course, make you beam with pride). To begin this trick, make sure that your dog is in a “down” position. The “down” position means that your dog will be lying prostrate on its belly with its front legs extended in front of it. Again it is very important for your dog to know already how to obey the basic instructions. Once your dog in the “down” position, hold out the treat and make sure that your dog can see it. Once done, slowly move your hand holding the treat behind your dog’s neck. The big idea here is to be able to get your dog to turn its head to follow the direction of your hand without having to get and turn its body. The only reason that your dog will follow your hand is to be able to able to sniff the treat. As it turns its head to follow the direction of the treat, its body will naturally rollover. As soon as this happens, give your dog the treat to reward it. Again, repeat this trick until your dog masters it. Keep in mind that the movement of your hand bearing the treat is in order to get your dog to roll over as it tries to sniff it. Again, each training session should not last for more than ten minutes. And, allow your dog to have enough break time between each session even if it may be enjoying it.
The high-five trick should not be too difficult for your dog to learn and master once it has been able to tackle the handshake trick. Follow the same procedure by holding out your treat in your hand and make sure that your dog sees it. Once done, keep your handheld out and wait for your dog’s natural reaction to kick in as it will try to reach out in an attempt to reach the treat with its paws. Before your dog is able to reach the treat, quickly turn out you the palm of your hand so that your dog’s paws hit your palm in a high five position. As soon as your dog’s paws reach the palm of your hand, say out the “high five” command loudly and give your dog the treat to reward it. Repeat this training as many times as necessary until your dog can lift its paws as high as possible.
Voice Command And The Goodbye Wave
Once your dog has been able to complete the “high five” challenge, it follows logically that the next easiest trick for it is the wave. This is because it will require the same procedure from the previous trick (the “high five” trick). The difference here is that once your dog is able to lift its paws high in an attempt to reach the treat, quickly withdraw your hand. Your dog’s natural reaction will be to lower its paws slowly. This movement will mimic the motion of a goodbye wave. As soon as this is done, say out loud, either “hello” or “goodbye,” and give your dog some treat. You can also get your dog to understand both hello and goodbye. You can do this by training it to use one paw for “goodbye” and the other paw for “hello.”
You can also train your dog to bark on command right after the hello or goodbye trick. Do this by getting your dog in a “sit” position. Then hold out and wave a treat beyond its reach until your dog cries as it becomes anxious for the treat. As soon as your dog makes a sound, reward it with the treat. Repeat this as many times as needed for your dog to master the trick and say out loud “speak” as your dog begins to cry or whine.
Take A Bow
It is only appropriate to round things up by teaching your dog to take a bow. This is much easier than it may look because taking a bow is something that almost every dog does when it is in a playful mood. According to dog experts, dogs engage in this playful bow as a way of inviting another dog to play. Thus, the playful bow is only a natural behavior of dogs. The intention here is to take advantage of this natural behavior and turn it into a neat but impressive dog trick. To do this, you have to stir up your dog’s emotions by getting it excited. Do this by getting out its favorite toy in your hand. It could be its favorite ball or even its walking leash (if your dog gets excited about going out). Once your dog is in a playful and exciting mood, keep your eye out for its natural bowing reaction. As soon as your dog bows naturally, give the “bow” command loudly and let it have its toy. Follow this up quickly by giving it its treat. To ensure that your dog masters this trick, repeat the process often until your dog associates playtime with the command “bow.”
There you have it, five easy tricks to teach puppy and impress your friends. There are few things you need to keep in mind, though. First, do not cramp the sessions together. This means that you should not try to teach two or more different tricks to your dog at the same time as doing this will only confuse your dog. Secondly, limit your training sessions to only ten minutes per session. You can, however, repeat each season for as many as five times a day. Thirdly, always shower your dog with treats for the least progress. Remember that your dog only associates its reactions with the treats it expects. Also, as mentioned in the beginning, it is vital that your dog already understands and obeys basic commands like “sit,” “down,” and “stay” to make your teaching successful. You can use your own commands words instead of the ones mentioned here. They should only be simple and not confusing for your dog. Finally, it is absolutely important that you are in the right mood to teach your dog as it requires a lot of patience. Plus, it is supposed to be a fun time and a moment for you to bond with your canine buddy.