How To Teach Your Dog Two Cool Tricks
Have you taught your dog basic obedience? Will he obey your commands such as sit, stay, come, down and walk (or heel) by your side? It might be fun to teach your dog to learn some neat tricks since you’ve already taught him to obey these basic commands and he has them mastered. Learning a couple of advanced tricks should be easy and fun for you and your dog to do, and you can show off to your friends!
Just about every trained dog can learn the trick of “Catch it!” Basically the reason is that the dog loves it! And he can be himself! A dog! He can behave in a natural way to learn this trick. Any breed of dog can learn this. You need to start out by using a tennis ball or soft rubber ball, which is not too small but is just the right size to fit into the dog’s mouth.
Standing about three feet in front of the dog, command him to “stay” and tease the dog a little with the ball to get his interest. Then give him the command “catch it!” and throw the ball accurately towards his mouth so he has a good chance of catching it. It may take several times (maybe a lot of times depending on your dog), but he will soon catch on. Now if the dog misses a throw, which he will do when just learning, he may start to retrieve the ball; which is something you don’t want him to do. Don’t punish your dog. Just bring him back to his sitting position and try again. Soon he will learn to catch the ball reliably. When he is catching well, slowly move further away. You can also vary the article you throw to make it more interesting for both of you.
The next trick of “Roll Over” is also fun! Your dog must have already learned the “Down” and “Stay” commands and be reliable with them. First, you must teach your dog the command “On Your Side” AFTER he is already in the down position. When he is lying down after your command, give him the new command “On Your Side”, gently push him on his side, and hold him there for a few seconds. Then raise your hands and say “Stay”. After a few seconds, give him your release command, whichever one it is, (for example “OKAY!”) in a joyous tone. Let him get up and praise him with treats and play! Repeat this lesson over until he will actually go to lie on his side at your command.
For the next phase, put the dog in the “On Your Side” position and gently roll him over on his other side. Supplement this command with a hand circling gesture, and the “Roll Over” command. Now, take your dog’s front feet and roll him back over to his other side while repeating the command of “Roll Over” again. Repeat this exercise every day until your dog can complete the entire “roll over”. Use the circling hand gesture as a cue for your dog to roll over.
Teaching your dog these two tricks will be fun for both of you. Your dog should learn them easily if you’re patient and persistent with him. Then you can go and show off to your family and friends!