Wednesday, April 16, 2014
These Four Classic Dog Tricks Are Fun and Easy
This should be one of the first tricks that you teach your dog. Even very young puppies can pick this trick up quickly, especially if you train them properly. You should use a verbal command in conjunction with a nonverbal command as you teach them how to sit. When you first teach them to sit, verbalize the command and use your nonverbal at the same time. Since it is unlikely that your dog will respond right away to your command, you will need to show them how. There is a spot on a dog’s back that, when pinched, will make them sit. It does not hurt your dog to do this, and they will immediately understand the command that you have given. The spot is just before their tail, on either side of their spine.
“Shake” is another easy trick, though it may require a bit more patience than “sit.” First, command your dog to sit. Once they have responded to your command, you can reward them as you normally would. Now, extend your hand as the nonverbal command and instruct them to shake. Again, it is unlikely they will be able to understand the command right away, so you will have to show them. Take their paw in your hand and use your verbal command again. After enough time and repetition, they will understand the command and will shake your hand immediately.
Some dogs may have a bit of difficulty with this one, but with a bit of time and energy on your part, your dog will be rolling over in no time at all. First, command your dog to lie down. You should have already decided on your nonverbal command, so use it in conjunction with your verbal. If they do not respond, take your dog’s front leg and gently roll them over while saying the verbal command. At first, they may be a bit resistant. Do not be forceful with them, as they will only become nervous. Allow you dog to trust you by working up to it slowly. When your dog is not resistant, roll them all the way over and reward them after they do so.
This is a little twist on “play dead,” and it is very easy to teach after your dog has already learned to roll over. Tell your dog to lie down again. Take your thumb and forefinger and say “bang!” Then, simply move them onto their side and instruct them to stay. This will take some time and patience, but it is an adorable trick when it is completed. With a little perseverance, your dog will be entertaining you with a wide array of easy tricks.