Thought this info would be fun and a great doggie bonding time:
To teach your dog tricks, even easy ones, you will want to:
- have some small reward treats,
- be in a quiet suitable place,
- keep the training sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your dog will start to get bored and
- give your dog lots of praise and a reward treat when the dog is successful.
Step one: Have your dog sit. Then, as you say the word ‘paw’ take your dog’s paw in your hand and give the dog a treat.
Repeat this step a few times.
Step two: Say ‘paw’ but do not take his paw so quickly. Count to one, take the paw and notice if he is bringing his paw up as you say the word. If the dog is not responding, then return to step one. Repeat step one a few more times, then slow your response again. After 2 or 3 sessions most dogs pick this one up quite happily.
The high five, like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, in this cast 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 him earlier, as he reaches up you say “high five” and give 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.
When getting your dog to jump through a hoop, be careful and do not hold the hoop too high. You do not want your dog to hurt himself while doing the trick.
- Sit your dog on one side of a hoola hoop.
- Get the dog’s attention on your hand on the other side of the hoop.
- With a treat in your hand give the dog the command to release him from the sit.
- He may attempt to go around or under the hoop.
- Start again, your dog wants the treat and will soon learn that going around or under does not get it.
- When the dog does go through the hoop, say hoopla and give him the treat. He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of hoopla.
- For a medium sized dog, start with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and slowly raise it to waist height.
- Start a smaller dog with the hoop touching the ground so the dog just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it as he gets used to the trick.