Want to learn 3 easy tricks you can teach your dog? DDG staff has talked to many clients about their dogs and what they can do, and we’ve narrowed down the 3 easiest tricks to teach any dog.
To teach your these 3 easy tricks, you’ll need to use one of your dogs favorite treats as a reward. Al,ways train your dog in their own surroundings, or wehre they’re most comfortable. We wouldn’t suggest a park or other place where the dog may not be able to focus with so much going on. Also, keep the training sessions to 5 to 10 minutes in length. This helps keep your dog from being bored. When they show the correct action, they get a treat and praise, but do be careful not to over-train your dog or get them over excited or stimulated as they may lose concentration.
You’ll first need to teach your dog to sit. Teaching a dog to sit is one of the key elements of training for other commands. We’ll go over this in another dog training tip.
3 Easy Dog Tricks Your Dog Can Learn Quickly
- Getting Your Dog to Sit: This is one of the easy dog tricks and really isn’t so much a trick as much a necessity in everyday dog ownership and is a cornerstone in dog training. First, show your dog that you have a treat. Hold the treat just above their nose and then slowly move it backwards towards their ears. Your dog might attempt to turn if the treat is held too high. But remarkably, your dog will sit and as soon as they do, say the word sit and give them a small treat and some praise. Repeat a few more times. Be sure to say their name, then begin to move the treat over their nose while saying “sit”. Your dog will catch on rather quickly. You’ll then progress to a hand motion while saying the word sit and keeping the treat further away. It doesn’t take very long before your dog will sit on command without a treat in their line of sight.
- Getting your dog to give you his paw: First have your dog sit, then as you say the word “paw” take your dogs paw in your hand. Now give the dog a treat and a little praise, repeat this. After a while, do not take his paw so quickly; simply say the word, count to one then take it. You should notice he is bringing his paw up as you say the word. If your dog doesn’t do it, go back to saying it at the same time. Try this a few more times then slow your response again.
- The High Five: 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.