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3 Easy Tricks to Teach Dogs

When you are teaching your dog new tricks, you'll also want to offer a little reward every time something goes the way you want. You'll also want keep the training sessions between 10-15 minutes or your dog will begin to get bored.

Remember, when they get something right, give them lots of praise and a treat as a reward. Be careful not to get your dog too excited, or they will lose concentration.


Getting the dog to give you his paw

First get your dog to stay. Then as you say the word "paw", take your dog’s paw in your hand and provide your dog a treat.  Continue these steps for a few tries. Don’t take their paw too quickly, say "Paw."  Count to one. Then take it. You should look for the dog bringing their paw up as you say the word, then slow your response. Again, if your dog is slow to respond, go back to saying it, in the same way, every time. Do this repeatedly for about 10 minutes. After two or three  10 minute sessions most dogs perform this act quite happily.


The high five

The high five is a progression of an earlier trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and slightly raise your hand greater than you would for the paw trick. Your dog will think you want to perform paw trick and will take the treat together with a paw as the dog reaches up you say “high five” and present the dog with a treat the treat as we taught them early in the day. Once your pet has mastered the paw trick that one should be very easy to learn. With just a sessions that are few will undoubtedly be carrying it out readily available signal rather than voice control.


Getting your dog to jump through a hoop

The key before starting this trick is not to hold the hoop too high. You do not want your dog to get hurt. Have your pet staying on one side of the hula-hoop.

Maintain the dog’s attention.

Keep the dog’s  attention towards your hand on the other side of the hoop using a treat.  Then, tell the dog the command to go. Be aware, at first; the dog may make an effort to go around or under the hoop. If this happens, start over. Your dog is focused on the treat and will quickly learn that going around or under does not get it.

They will eventually figure out that, through the hula-hoop is how they get the treat. He (or she) shall soon be leaping through the hoop following the command ’Hoopla’. I had a medium size dog (a German Shepherd), and I started with the hoop 6 inches from the ground. Then slowly raised it to waist height. It eventually worked.

If you have a smaller dog, you might want to start with the hoop touching the ground so that the dog just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it as he gets used to moving through it.

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