Dog Tricks

Another student that commented on my blog had mentioned that it might be a good idea to make a blog post about dog tricks! So here I am. I know I’ve mentioned them before in other blogs but haven’t really gone over all the details, tricks, or tips in getting them done!

So basically this blog is going to focus on Lenard. He’s the trick master of the house and knows almost 10 tricks. Lucky for my roommate (his owner) he is a quick learner and loves treats.

I’d start with some basic tricks. This consists of everyday things you might ask them to do.

Sit (it’s easy but can be tricky with stubborn dogs)

  • Make sure you have treats or goodies to reward them
  • You might have to start off by pushing on their butt to make them sit to the ground
  • Don’t get frustrated, they are learning
  • Once they get the idea, don’t push and wait for them to to do it on their own

Shake (it’s easier than it seems)

  • Make sure you have treats or goodies to reward them
  • Make sure they have sitting down before this one
  • You might need to start off my lifting their paw for them so they get the idea
  • Associate the trick with 1 word only (shake, high five, paw) whatever one you choose don’t change it on your pet

Lay down

  • Make sure you have treats or goodies to reward them
  • Make sure they have sitting down
  • Use your hand first to slowly guide them to ground
  • Make sure you’re using the word you want while they are first doing it
  • Associate a hand gesture with the trick

With all these tricks, make sure you don’t get mad at your pet. They love you and are excited to do all these tricks for you. For fun, I’ve posted a video of Lenard doing all of his tricks. Comment if you have questions about teaching these!

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