Want to show off how well behaved your pup is? Teach your dog these three tricks and amaze your friends and family.
1. Shake. First get your dog to sit, then as you say the word “shake” take your dog’s paw in your hand, give the dog a treat, repeat. 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 doesn’t bring his paw up,go back to saying it at the same time you pick up the paw. Do that a few more times then slow your response again. After 2 or 3 sessions most dogs pick this one up easily.
2. High five. Hold a treat in your fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you would for the shake trick. Your dog will think you want to shake 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 shake, high five 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.
3. Jump through a hoop. Sit your dog on one side of a toy plastic hoop. Hold the hoop against the ground and get the dog’s attention. Release him from the sit and he will see he needs to come through the hoop to get the treat in your hand. If you’re lucky and your dog is smart, he’ll come straight through the hoop to you and the treat. If he tries to go around or under the hoop, start over.
Your dog wants the treat and will soon learn that going around or under doesn’t work get it so he will soon start going through it. When he does, say hoopla and give him the treat. As he gets used to going through the hoop, you can start raising it higher off the ground. Just don’t go too high. For example, a medium-sized dog may be able to jump through a hoop at waist height. A smaller dog will need the hoop lower. Find the right height for your dog.
Your dog will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoopla.”
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. Always give lots of praise and a treat when he gets something right, just be careful not to get him over excited or he will lose concentration.