4 Sample Ways To Teaching Tricks To Your Dog

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Teaching Your Dog To Go To His Place:

This command is guaranteed to be helpful when you have a dog who is always playful when you don’t need it to be, especially around your guests. Before you start training your dog to go to his place, you will have to pick out a specific place in your house or a place in every room such as a small mat where you will be sending your dog to. Yes, you need a place to send your dog to, so your dog knows where to go when you command your dog to go to his place. If you have your dog’s place

picked out, then here are the steps we need to follow in order to be successful with this one:

• Begin by deciding on a command to use. Let’s assume you have decided to use the words “go to your place.”

• Stand beside the spot (which can be a mat) which will be the dog’s place, and say the command “go to your place!” At the same time, use a treat to lure your dog onto the mat or whatever spot you have designated as being the dog’s place. When your dog stands in his place, praise your dog and give him the treat. Then get your dog to go away from his place (perhaps by telling your dog to “come”), and repeat the process once more.

• The moment your dog is standing completely in his place, use the previous command, “down”, which your dog should already understand. Then get your dog to  go away from his place once more and keep repeating this process.

• Now try to combine the two commands. Start by saying “go to your place” then when your dog goes to his place, say “down.” It may take quite a bit of practice to get him to follow the two commands together, but eventually your dog should be able to follow both with the command “go to your place.” Remember to give treats and lots of praise to your dog every time he follows your command correctly.

• Finally, with your dog doing okay at going to his place, try to add to the time he spends in his place. You can do this by slowly adding a few seconds before you give your dog a treat when he follows your command correctly. After a couple of sessions, when you feel that your dog is doing well, you want to reduce the treats until you’re only giving praise. Once treats are no longer needed, continue only giving praise until your dog perfects the skill.

Congratulations, you’ve now taught your dog to go to his place! If your dog isn’t doing this yet, then you know what to do! However, if you don’t know what to do, then you want to make sure to reread the steps, and then put down this book and go find your  dog and keep practicing this one until your dog is doing things right!

Teaching Your Dog To Sit :

A dog that sits on command has always been thought of as being a very well-behaved dog. Thus, teaching your dog to sit is a very important milestone that once accomplished means that you are the one in control of your dog. The very act of your dog sitting upon command symbolizes a true master/dog relationship and is the pivotal point you need to reach to then be able to start teaching your dog all kinds of cool tricks. The following steps will explain the proper method for teaching your dog to sit:

• Stand in front of your dog. In a calm way, try to get your dog’s attention while looking straight into his eyes. Assuming your dog’s name is Spot, say “Spot, sit.” Hold a treat right above your dog’s nose immediately.

• The dog will need to assume a sitting posture in order to see the treat (raising its head naturally).

• When your dog sits, praise him with words such as “good,” and immediately give your dog the treat. The goal here is for your dog to connect the action induced by the word with the treat and the praise.

• You then start using gestures to replace the treat. This becomes useful as he learns the oral instructions. You should stop rewarding the action with treats and instead use gestures to follow the action. Place your palm right in front and slightly above his head and firmly say, “Sit.” Withdraw your hand in the shape of a loose fist and slowly unfold it to finish with your palm facing upward. The objective of this routine is for your dog to know and learn that when you give the sit command you mean that he should stay calm, silent, patient, and sit.

Now that your dog can obey you easily, we can now move on to teaching your dog cool tricks! Way to go!

Teaching Your Dog To Do Cool Tricks:

Now it’s time to get excited, because you have taught your dog to be obedient, and are now ready to teach your dog to do cool tricks! Get ready to have some fun, because what you are about to learn will be some of the coolest things that you have ever taught your dog, and once you’ve completed this section you will then be a true dog training master! So take a deep breath and read on my young dog trainer, because things are about to get really, really cool!

Teaching Your Dog To Shake Hands :

This can be challenging at first, but it is its rewards which make it worth the effort. The following are the steps you should follow to successfully turn your dog into a true hand shaking machine:

• Find some time when your dog is calm and in a good mood, start the training by linking the word “shake” with the action in the dog’s mind.

• In a very gentle manner, hold up your dog’s paw and say the word “shake” firmly. Place the paw in your palm and during the action, praise the dog and commend him. Naturally, the dog will first get confused by this but as you repeat it he will slowly understand it.

• When you notice the dog has started to comprehend the connection between the word and action, you now hold a treat in one of your hands and stretch out the other hand saying the word ‘shake.’ Again, don’t be surprised if the dog still doesn’t understand what you require of him; so gently hold its paw up again, place it in your palm and praise the dog both verbally and with a treat.

• With time, the dog will start to make the connection between the word “shake,” the action, and the reward. Since this trick requires a lot of patience, repeat the above steps up to four times in a day for the next few days. When your dog is finally able to put his paw in your hand then you can stop using the treat and just continue praising him verbally.

From then on, you want to try to be consistent with the routine, doing it regularly to get the dog used to it. Bing, bang, zoom! You’ve now taught your dog to shake hands. Whoohoo!

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