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Easy Tricks To Teach Your Dog

25 Dec 2010 | by Mrinal | Posted in: Training

1. Shake Hands

Start by having your dog sit. Say, "Shake hands," and take his paw with your hand. Hold his paw and say, "Good dog!" Let go of his paw. Do this a few times every day.

TIP:
After a while, say, "Shake hands," but don't take his paw. See if he raises his paw by himself. If not, keep showing him what to do by saying, "Shake hands," and taking his paw with your hand. Your dog is not slow; he is just learning!

2. Turn Around or Turn Left

Start by having your dog stand up facing you. Let your dog see a treat in your hand. Stand still and say, "Turn around". Lead the dog's nose around to the left (clockwise) with the treat so he walks in a circle. When he comes back to where he's facing you again, say, "Good dog!" and give him the treat.

TIP:
After some practice, hold the treat in front of you so your dog can see it and say, "Turn around," but don't lead his nose. See if he is ready to turn around by himself and get the treat. Pretty soon, he will turn around faster than you can say 'Lassie!"

If you choose to use the words, "Turn Left", use them all the time. Don't use "Turn around" sometimes, and "Turn Left" other times. Be consistent.

3. Twirl or Turn Right

"Twirl" is the same trick as "Turn Around" (see above), but this time your dog turns to the right (counterclockwise), instead of to the left.

Start by having your dog stand up facing you. Stand still and say, "Twirl". Lead the dog's nose around to the right with the treat so he walks in a circle. When he comes back to where he's facing you again, say, "Good dog!" and give him the treat.

If you choose to use the words, "Turn Right", use them all the time. Don't use "Twirl" sometimes, and "Turn Right" other times. Be consistent.

TIP:
After your dog has learned "Turn Around" (or Turn Left) and "Twirl" (or Turn Right), you can put them together
and have your dog look really smart. First have your dog "Turn Around" (turn to the left), and then say "Twirl" (turn to the right). Be careful, though, don't get your dog dizzy!

Be sure to teach Turn Around and Twirl separately. Wait until your dog has learned the first one very well.

4. Crawl 

Start by having your dog lie down. Hold a treat just in front of his nose and say, "Crawl." If he starts to stand up, say, "No, down...crawl." Pull the treat away, keeping it low, near the ground and say, "Craaawl." When your dog moves even an inch or two without standing up, praise him and say, "Good dog! Craaawl."

TIP:
Your dog must know 'Down' ' before he can learn this trick.

5. Come (to a whistle)

Have your dog sit in front of you. Using a dog whistle from your local pet store, blow it once and give your dog a treat. Do this several times and repeat several times during the day. Repeat this over several days, trying it a increased distances. Your dog should soon be running to you every time he hears the whistle.

TIP:
Us a small, but tasty treat, one that your dog really loves. After your dog will come to you from different areas in the house, move outside, to fenced areas only. When you notice your dog is a little distracted, give the whistle a blow and see if he comes. By now, he should be coming. If not, go back to shorter distances without distractions and take the steps a bit slower.

6. Fetch

If your dog doesn't fetch naturally, have an adult cut a slit in a tennis ball (a smaller, rubber ball if that is too big). Put some treats inside the tennis ball. Show your dog that there are treats in there, and give her one. Then, throw the ball. In the beginning, run with her and get the ball; then give her the treat. Soon you will be able to throw the ball and she will go get it (because she wants the treat!).

TIP:
After your dog has figured out what he has to do to get a treat, start throwing the ball two times in a row without giving him the treat. What you are trying to do is give him the treats less and less often so someday he won't need the treats in the ball to fetch it.

Comments

Mrinal
I know some more tricks as well to train dogs (you can start as early as 3 months old pups). If people found these tricks helpful, do comment , I will post more of them.:)

By: Mrinal | 25 Dec 2010

Bijal
Good tricks. My dog is 3 yrs old and although a trained one but I've adopted him and i dont know wht he is trained about, some commands i want to teach him again. He knows-- sit, say hello, come etc. but doesnt fetch a ball to us. He fetch it but doesn't give it. Keep giving tips like this. thanks.

By: Bijal | 25 Dec 2010

Mrinal
@ Bijal

Keep a doggy treat in your hand.When your dog comes with the ball,show him the treat in your hand. He'll surely want to have the treat and thus give the ball to you. When he gives the ball, give him the treat and praise him. Keep repeating and after sometime don't give him the treat, just praise him. Hope It helps :)

By: Mrinal | 25 Dec 2010

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By: Naveen Singh Tomar | 27 Dec 2010

vikas suryavanshi
nice work mrinal....good going...

By: vikas suryavanshi | 29 Dec 2010

Siddhartha
Very helpful. Thanks.

By: Siddhartha | 12 Jan 2011

mahesh
plz help to i have a labrador 2and half month old but he is very very arrgessive and short temper how can i hendle.plz plz plz help me he bites so many peoples thanz

By: mahesh | 23 Jan 2011

gspal
Thanks Mrinal. I used to wonder why our Bozo would not hand over the tennis ball after fetching the same. It wanted its treat. It handed over the same after getting the treat. No wonder many times a day it looks for its tennis ball. During its long course of being abandoned (around three years) someone must have trained it. Despite being with us for three months since adoption, it yet has a short fuse when it comes to other family members. It runs away from pups and wants to be away from a place where dog's are snarling at each other. It yet barks when it sees anyone with a dunda or walking stick be it the chowkidar or an elderly person. It barks at anybody having a shawl or blanket covering himself from head to foot because of the cold season.

By: gspal | 28 Jan 2011

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