The best way to spice up your dog’s life is with some new tricks!
I have been a dog parent for a long time now, 6 years to be exact, I had plenty of time to learn some of the cute dog tricks to teach to my ever-loving pet. It never starts right away. No. for some dog owners, teaching a new dog trick can take as less as 3-4 weeks to 12-14 weeks! The time span varies from one dog breed to another. So if you have been teaching (or rather trying to teach) dog tricks but are nowhere point of succession then don’t be disheartened, dear fellows.
A healthy dog is happy so they are keener to learn new tricks rather than one who is not physically active.
You can teach your dog new tricks or commands anytime you want. While it may feel impossible at times, you just need the proper amount of time and practice.
Teach a Dog Everyday Commands
This greatly reminds me of the Pavlovian theory. Pavlov found that objects or events could trigger a response out of a dog. It was the perfect classical conditioning – the stimulus-response connection.
Now keep that theory in mind. You need a stimulus-response connection for dog tricks too. This will help your dog to better connect. Since I’m a big fan of using treats don’t be surprised if doggie treats play some prominent role in teaching the commands.
How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over
One of a great many classic tricks that every dog owner wants to teach their dog is to roll over. So the easiest thing you can do is;
- Make your dog sit in a down” position.
- The doggie treats will come in handy again. Move your hand around the dog’s face is that your dog can sniff.
- Move your hand slowly behind your dog’s neck while your dog is sniffing. Once your dog tips his head back gently, roll your hand anti-clockwise.
- Your dog will follow the hand motion. Once he starts to roll, say the command “roll”.
- Repeat it continuously.
How to Teach a Dog to Sit
It seems a pretty simple dog trick to teach right? Well, it is if you have the right motivation;
- Hold a doggie cookie (your dog’s favorite), with your dog in the standing position.
- Keep the treat near to your dog’s nose but just far enough that your dog has to arch his neck a bit to follow the treat.
- The instant the dog’s head follows the treat, his bottom will hit the ground.
- The moment he sits down, reward him with the treat.
- Practice this in regular sessions.
How to Leash Train a Dog
Leash training a dog is easier than you think. You must begin with a;
- Walk your dog on a loose leash. Your dog shouldn’t feel he is being controlled. There should be no tension in the leash.
- Practice inside a home first. Upstairs to downstairs and vice versa.
- Take a few steps forward from your dog and sometimes a few steps backward.
- Repeat these movements.
- After every brisk walk rewards the dog with a cookie!
How to Train a Puppy not to Bite
Control the biting before it gets too late. So to control the tiny razors, here’s what you need to do;
- If your dog bites the hand too hard, let your hand go limp. Yelp in a loud voice “ow”.
- Ignore the puppy for 10-20 seconds, then resume the play.
- Bring in the reinforcements – the chew toys. This controls the excessive biting.
- Or hide the treat toys or give him no treat until the dog behaves or stops biting at all. This is expected to control the biting.
How to Teach a Dog to Shake
I love this trick. It’s one of the cute tricks to teach your puppy right away. So here’s what you need to do;
- Make some small size homemade doggie treats that fit inside your palm.
- Take a few in your hand and close your fist. (like a paw)
- Your dog will be compelled to touch your hand as they can’t access the homemade treat. Once they continue to paw, use the word “shake” and move your hand a bit up and down.
- The gesture/movement is important to associate with the verbal command.
How to Teach a Dog to Speak
The barking command is important and should not be neglected. It comes in handy and can be a life-saving command! Start by;
- Get your dog excited by throwing him a ball.
- Talk to him in an excited tone when he grabs the ball.
- Put your dog in the sit position and wave the treat in front of him until the dog whines or makes any similar noise.
- As soon as he makes a sound use the command “speak”. Also, teach your dog to “hush” or “enough” so he will know when to stop.
Note: For loud dogs, the “hush” command can control excessive barking.
How to Teach a Dog to Fetch
The old-school trick every dog owner must teach to their dogs. Here’s what you need to do;
- Your dog may be of the “sit and stare” type. If so, chase the object yourself first.
- Play in front of him. Besides depending upon what motivated your dog, reinforce the key (like affection, treat) to retrieve the object).
- Once your dog grabs the object, don’t forget to reward him.
- Begin by throwing objects with a short distance.
Note: You can practice with your dog’s chew toys by rolling them away at a short distance at home.
How to Teach a Dog to Lay Down
Yet one of the other useful tricks to teach your dog is to teach them to lay down. It keeps them out of trouble, keeps them calm, and loosens them up. The trick is quite similar to the “sit” command.
- Once your dog is in the sitting position, hold the treat close.
- Lower the treat until your dog follows.
- Move the treat along the ground way. As soon as your puppy’s belly touches the ground and is down on all four. Praise him. Let him enjoy the treat.
- Repeat it several times.
How to Teach a Dog to Stay
Every dog parent wishes to give this command. Work form homemade must have made you realize the importance of this tiny little trick. So what you need to do is;
- Position the dog the way you want to.
- Say the command “say” and take a step back. Wait for a few seconds.
- Then remove your dog’s leash and release him. Take a few steps back again.
- If your dog moves, repeat it until he gets the hang of it.
- Reward the dog once he follows the command.
If you are interested to teach dog tricks then you should be committed to your part. Partial commitment can only work for so long. It’s a fun experience. Plus you can always create blooper videos to record your progress! Let me know how long it takes you to teach these cool tricks to your dog.
So are you ready? Off you go now!