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When most people think of dog training, they only think of the basic obedience training, potty training, crate training, and other basic commands.
While that basic training is important, everyone accepts that Puppies need training and it doesn’t matter what breed, how old or how big your pup will get.
Sometime or other, your dog will encounter the public, so don’t be that parent with the worst-behaved dog in the vet waiting room!
Most importantly, don’t underestimate the benefits of training a dog to do tricks. Dog tricks are a great way to offer your dog some mental stimulation, and many of them build from the basic commands.
There are hundreds of dog tricks depending on the type of dogs. Dog tricks training helps keep our best buddies to be cheerful, compliant, biddable and mentally active.
Plus a few simple tricks to your dog’s arsenal are a great way to bond and will leave you with some cool moves to bust out at your next dog party.
Basic Dog Tricks
This is one of the easiest tricks to teach. Everybody enjoys a slobbery, wet doggie smooch; this dog trick generally goes over very well with kids.
Make your dog greet your friends by shaking hands (or paws, with due respect to quadruped mammals).
This is an easy trick that you can usually train a dog to do if you have some patience and preferably with at least 1 of the front paws.
Most dogs naturally like using their paws when asking for a treat and will enjoy the positive attention they get when doing this trick.
Ain’t anything cooler than wrong moves, when they do them at the right time. Doing “High five” and catching a paw full of palm. Cute isn’t it?
This move is also handy if you have a doggo that tends to paw at you – redirect that discourtesy into a sweet trick.
Wave hello or goodbye
This is a fairly simple and adorable dog trick. Is there anyone who doesn’t love to be greeted by a four-legged phenom?
Begin by training your dog to shake paws. Afterward, use the same action your dog uses to shake to train him to lift his paw to wave.
This is a great eye-catching trick that will charm guests with his good manners and pleasant behavior.
Here’s an actually adorable and extraordinary trick that help your puffer improve joint flexibility, build a strong belly and also get a bundle of laughs when you’ve got guests visiting.
If your dog knows how to lie down, she’s just a step away from crawling! Practice this trick slow. Crawling recruits very many muscles your dog may not be used to utilizing.
Also, this trick is a must if you have a toddler. Right after your little one, the dog crawls through the house which makes for great videos to post on YouTube and send to relatives.
Sometimes you want your puffer to do more than just shake the guests’ hand. As long as you don’t live in Berlin and don’t teach your dog a Nazi salute, you don’t have to worry at all.
A Berlin dog’s salute made his master land in jail. An elderly pensioner in Berlin was sentenced to five months imprisonment for training his dog named Adolf to give a Nazi salute after hearing the command “Hail Hitler.”
Salute is, in fact, a more polite way to greet guests instead of licking their faces or sniffing their behinds.
Say your prayers
A fun trick that that only takes an evening to master. This involves your dog sitting and placing both of his paws up on a table or chair and before bowing his head down in apparent prayer.
To get your pup closer to God, you need a sturdy dog with strong arms and lots of treats and chews. Guests will love this trick because it looks unusual and is quite an exceptional position for the dog to implement. Amen.
Teach Your Dog To Dance
Training your dog to dance will involve teaching a number of different commands just as human dancing is made up of many different types of steps and styles.
Doggie language isn’t exactly the same as humans so just telling cue word “dance” perhaps isn’t going to get you very far. Instead, you’ll be teaching a set of tricks that can be taught individually or as part of a sequence to create longer routines.
Train your dog to move in various directions, walking backward, spin, move over or around objects or otherwise perform specific skills that give the appearance of dancing.
Experienced trainers can finally link these separate commands together into complex routines of several actions which look like dancing. Yes, your dog really can learn that much!
When your smarty-pants pooch has already figured out the basics, why not move onto something that looks cool.
Show that your dog is cooler than other dogs by training him to walk backward and make him a canine Jackson. All dogs can walk forward on command, but backward? That’s cool!
Take a bow
It may sound like a hard trick to train a dog to do, but the truth is that when they stretch most dogs physically “bow” (imagine the downward dog yoga pose).
To turn it into a trick, when you catch them doing it just say “take a bow!”Or any of your choice of command, then reward them with a treat. In a little while, your pooch should be able to take a bow on cue.
Make sure you teach “take a bow” for your big finale piece of the entire cool new dog tricks your dog has learned!
How To Teach Your Dog To Play Dead?
This is the classic “first trick” for most dogs and can be a fun game, both for the dog and its audience. Most people train a dog to ‘Play dead’ in several small parts and work up to getting the dog to roll over all the way.
Once your dog knows the full roll-over, you can teach her to “hold that pose and play dead” It may take some effort to train a dog to do this Roll overtrick, but it is well worth it.
It’s lots of fun, and it also serves as a building block for ‘playing dead’. This is one of the funniest tricks a dog can learn, and also one of the quickest.
What You Will Need
Grab your dog and some of her favorite treats, and you are all set to start for training your dog to ‘play dead’. This is a great trick to train with a clicker. If you decide to go to the clicker training route.
Clicker training is a method that uses a unique sound, a click by a small hand-held device that gives a ‘click’ sound when pressed to tell a dog that he has done something right
How to Teach Your Dog to Play Dead?
- Begin by putting your dog in a down position (in other words, she lies down on command). If your dog doesn’t adhere to lie down command so far, go back and give her some level of obedience training. At the very least, your dog must obey the down command; however, the training will work easier if she will also obey the stay command.
- Start with the side roll. Show a treat close on to your dog’s nose, and gently turn over your pooch onto her side so it will have to roll over on its side to get it.
- It helps if your dog already knows how to roll over and you must hold her down for some more seconds in order that she gets the idea of rollover.
- As soon as your dog is lying on its side, give tasty treats and positive reinforcement such as ear scratches or, click your clicker.
- Repeat the steps in brief sessions, not more than 5 -minute sessions – one or two times a day. When your pooch gets good at that part consistently, add a verbal cue and a hand signal. We would suggest “ Pow!”, “Boom! Or Bang!” along with a visual cue to the mix- holding the fingers to look as if a gun pointing at the dog. You can be more creative by making the sound of a machine gun for the trick.
- Some people add a fun phrase, in this fashion: “Would you like to eat your mommy food, or would you rather be dead?” It’s uproarious to see a dog play dead after that one
- Practice this trick several times a day for a few minutes each time. Typically in two weeks of proper training, your pup will possibly become more dependable on the “play dead” trick