Teaching Your Dog To Spin :
Spinning is a cool trick, which has been repeatedly proven to be fairly simple despite claims that it’s a difficult trick to get your dog to do. Spinning is a trick that can either be done from left to right or vice versa. Follow the below steps to teach your dog how to spin • Begin the training when your dog is standing.
• Go near the dog’s nose and show him the treat. Say, “spin” then slowly move the treat towards towards the side of his head so that he has to turn to follow it.
• Continue moving the treat in a circle around his upper body so that the only way to keep following the treat is to spin.
• Immediately after he makes one full spin, tell him “wow, good,” and give him the treat. Ensure you spend about seven minutes per day doing the above and your dog will be a pro before you realize it.
When the dog is spinning upon instruction, start giving him directions. Start by changing the instruction to “spin right” or “spin left.” Say this command just as you hold the treat in front of the dog and move it in that direction. If it’s “spin right,” move it to the right and vice versa. Work on this each day until your dog can perfectly differentiate between spinning right and spinning left. You will know this if your dog will be able to spin in the two directions in one training session.
It’s very common to see dogs having trouble learning to spin in a complete circle the first time. So if your dog shows signs of having trouble learning, just know it’s normal. You can try holding the treat to one side of his head and when he turns his head, say “wow good,” and give him the treat. He will start to be consistent in turning his head and will consequently make a step towards turning around. The aim here is to take advantage of anything that will make the dog turn around and focus on it until he is able to make a complete spin with only one treat at the end.
Please note that if you detect that your dog seems to know the instruction but then makes mistakes, there are high chances that you are the problem by moving too fast. Therefore, redo the steps which your dog did very well and from there move ahead very slowly.
Teaching Your Dog To Fetch Not all dogs are entirely blank when it comes to understanding the fetching game. There are some who intrinsically comprehend the game and will chase and bring back an item you decide to use the very first time you try. However, most dogs won’t get it so easily, and so you may end up disappointed when your dog only sits and watches without a single flinch as you throw the item. The good news is that you can teach any dog to fetch like a pro. Just follow the steps below:
• Ensure you choose the most suitable motivator to encourage your dog to go for the item you want him to fetch. It can be a treat or even some really good words of praise. Instruct your dog to sit. Then all of a sudden, and expressing excitement, throw the item and shout, “go get it!” The dog will naturally get startled and run after it. When the dog grabs the object, you reward him with the treat he loves most. Take the object away immediately and throw another one. Repeat this several times until you become confident that you can just throw the object and leave him to chase it without any treat. You can then add some extra motivation to make him chase even more. You can do this by trying to verbally encourage him while holding him back after throwing the item. You then release him and watch him rocket towards the object.
• After chasing the object, most dogs usually fail to bring back the object and some may even run away with it. Some drop it and return without it. If the dog fails to retrieve the object, call him back and try using a different item. Throw the first item and wait until he catches it. Once he does, make sure he sees the second item as you throw it in a different direction. Even if he fails to bring the second item to you, at least he will get used to the idea of running back to you when he catches the item.
• After he gets it, try to call him while he is holding the item in his mouth and command him to release it. However, if you show him the second item, he will release the first one to go chase after it. He’ll eventually be able to understand that you will throw an object once he delivers the first object to you.
However, if your dog is the stubborn type that likes running away with the object, a long leash is just the thing you need. You tie the leash around his neck so that when he catches the item after you throw it, pull the leash and start running away. This will prompt him to come running after you in excitement. If the dog doesn’t respond well by trying to run off, reel him towards you and once he gets near you throw the object again. Repeat this process and praise him each time he comes back, and give him a treat.
Teaching Your Dog Advanced Cool Tricks :
If you’ve mastered everything taught in this book up until now, then we are now ready to delve into how your can teach your dog to do some really advanced cool tricks.
Teaching Your Dog To Skateboard :
Skateboarding dogs have become a craze of this Internet age, receiving over a million views on YouTube and becoming a common trick for most dog owners. This method can be employed on smaller dogs which have a low center of gravity such as Bulldogs, Pugs, and Havanese.
Knowing that most dogs are constantly scared of strange sounds, especially from moving things, you first need to acclimatize them with the skateboard or any other object that is several inches above the ground. This object should not be very wide for the dog to walk on.
Place the skateboard upside down on a flat surface and allow the dog to inspect it and play around with the moving wheels. Any instance of the
dog showing interest in the skateboard should be met with praise and treats. It will make the dog develop a more keen interest in the skateboard and after several times of interacting with it, he’ll get more comfortable with the skateboard.
Now he is ready to take it to the next level which involves putting the skateboard upright and moving it away from your dog. At this point your dog should be interested in following the skateboard, any interest shown even trying to touch it should be highly praised with words of encouragement and rewards such as treats.
It is critical that you never push the skateboard towards your dog in the early stages, as this may negatively affect the progress that you have made so far. It could be that your dog gets scared of objects moving quickly towards him or he could get injured in the process.
Now that your dog has shown interest in the moving object and follows it, it’s time to get him to climb onto the board. This moment is the most delicate of all and should be approached with utmost care. To get him to climb onto the board you will need to reward him with treats every time his two front legs are on the board.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the skateboard should be still and steady to avoid any sudden movements that may spook the dog. To achieve this, put the board on a rough surface, maybe a carpet. The command “step” should be said before he performs the action so that he can establish a connection between the command and the action. Walk away so that he follows you and gets off the board.
Repeat this procedure until he can step on the board without hesitation. Now it’s time to make him mount the board entirely. This time around, start requiring him to climb on the board with three or all feet before giving him a reward. Keep repeating these actions until he is comfortable to stand on the board comfortably and reward him for every successful attempt.
Reward your dog well, sometimes with two legs on the board or three, and other times when fully on the board.
Next, train him with a moving board. Have him step on the board. It is important that he learns to step on the board with two legs on, other times three or more, so as to be able to steer the board forward, and ultimately be able to hop on it and ride.
Dogs are fast learners and will quickly know how to put the board in motion, increase the speed, slow down and swerve left or right depending on the terrain. With practice every day he will achieve perfection! If you get your dog skateboarding, give yourself a pat on the back. If not, then keep at it little by little, he’ll eventually get it in time.