Dogs provide us with hours of entertainment and endless love and affection. No matter how bad your day was, coming home to a jumping, excited ball of fur will lift your mood instantly. Committing yourself to teaching your dog some tricks is a fun way to spend time with your dog and a great way to make your day even better.
When most people think of dog training, they think of the basic dog commands. While those things are important, don’t underestimate the benefits of teaching your dog to do different tricks. Dog tricks are a great way to offer your dog some mental stimulation and to test the physical abilities. Additionally, all dogs love to please their owners, and teaching your dog tricks is a great way to let him win your praise and affection.
With just 10 minutes a day, you can teach your dog some of these advanced, fun tricks. Have fun!
1. Shake paws
Teaching your dog to greet your friends by shaking hands (or paws) is an easy dog trick that you can usually train a dog to do quite fast. All you need is a handful of treats and maybe a Tractive Pet-Remote if you are using clicker training. Have your dog sit while holding a treat in one hand. Show the treat to your dog but close your fist over it so he can’t get it. Give your dog the command “shake,” and wave your closed fist under his nose to keep him interested in the treat. Most dogs will start touching your hand to get the treat. The moment your dog touches your hand with his paw, tell him “good” or click your pet-remote, and give him the treat.
Training a dog to wave hello or good-bye is a fun and quite simple dog trick. To train a dog to wave, all you need is your dog and some delicious dog treats. First of all, before you start training a dog to wave, he should first know how to shake paws. The waving-trick is built from shaking. If he hasn’t learned to shake yet, you should go back and work on this skill with your dog. Then, give your dog the command “shake.” When he lifts his paw to shake your hand, move your hand up slightly so he has to move his paw up a bit to get to your hand. When your dog moves his paw higher up, tell him “good,” and give him a treat. Repeat this a few times, each time moving your hand up a little higher until your dog is raising his paw above his head. Your friends will definitely be impressed by this cool dog trick!
Teaching yourdog to spin is fun and also quite easy. Of course, some dogs do this trick super-fast, others are slow. The easiest way to teach a spin is by luring. Take a treat in your hand and put it in front of your dog’s nose. The idea is that your dog is able to smell and even lick the treat, but not actually get it. Slowly move your hand in the direction you want your dog to spin (teaching one direction at a time will be easier on your dog). Keep pulling the treat around in a circle around your dog’s body so he’ll have to spin in order to keep track of the treat. Once your dog has done a full circle, give him the treat and lots of praise. Repeat it a few times. Once your dog seems to understand the action, add the command word “spin”. Before you know it, your dog will be able to spin around – even without a treat and you’ll amaze your friends when you show them how your dog can tell the difference between left and right.
4. High five
Teaching your dog to high five is incredibly easy and is a great trick to amuse friends and family.
First of all you have to teach your dog the basic command “sit”. When your dog knows how to “sit”, hold a treat in front of him but slightly out of reach. Repeat the command “high five” whilst gently tapping one of his feet. Most dogs will raise their foot to paw at the treat in your other hand. As he raises his foot, touch it with your free hand. As soon as there is hand-paw contact, give your dog the treat and lots of praise. Keep repeating these steps until your dog raises his foot automatically every time you give the command. With time, your dog may be able to perform this trick without you having to give the command. Simply commanding your dog to sit and then raising your hand in front of him will be enough to get him to give you a high five.
Most dogs will lick your face when they have the chance to do it, but teaching them to give a gentle kiss without the saliva can be a challenge. Here’s what you should do: Hold a treat in front of your face, and say the “kiss”-command. Offer your cheek towards your dog, and wait until he touches it with his nose. As soon as he makes contact, pull away, and give him the treat before he has a chance to lick you. After a few times of practice, your dog will fast learn that all he has to do to get a reward is to lightly press his nose to your cheek. With time, the “kiss”-command is all you need to get a peck on the cheek.
Pet-Remote makes it possible!
Pet-Remote offers a new and easy way to communicate with your dog. With the simple press of a button, you can teach your dog basic commands or advanced tricks. Just attach the Pet-Remote to the collar of your dog, open the free Tractive Pet-Remote app and choose a command on your phone. You can choose whether to use vibration and/or acoustic signals (Pet-Remote is not a shock-collar!). The consistency of the signals helps your dog to understand and fulfill your expectations. Pet-Remote is a gentle and dog-friendly way to communicate. You and your dog will love it!
Get ready for training with your smartphone!