Trick training will stimulate your dog both mentally and physically and be an excellent way to bond with your best friend.
Of course, all the tricks listed here are a lot easier to teach if your dog already knows basic obedience commands of “sit,” “stay,” and “down.” Once it has those commands conquered, trick training is a snap. If your dog has not participated in a basic obedience class, now is the time to sign up.
As a general rule, training sessions should not last more than 10 minutes once or twice a day. It’s also very important that you are in a good mood and willing to praise your dog enthusiastically when it performs well. Never get frustrated with your dog or use harsh physical force to make it perform.
If you begin to feel frustrated or angry, stop the sessions immediately. Your pet will never perform well if you can’t remain calm and positive. And always end each training session with playtime so that your pet links its training to a favorite activity. Here are five easy tricks you can teach your dog
11 Easy Dog Tricks to Teach Your Puppy In 2021
Yes, your dog may already shower you with kisses on a daily basis, but now you can actually teach them to kiss you on command.
The video above walks you through the training process step step, showing you how to eventually work up to the final kiss. For this trick, you’ll need something sticky like tape or a post-it, treats, and a clicker.
The dog in this training video not only learned how to kiss his human, but he even learned to kiss his cat friend!
2. Shake Hands
Teaching a dog to shake hands is generally pretty easy because some dogs naturally raise their paw when asking for a treat. Start putting your dog in a “sit” position. Then, put a treat in your hand and slowly move it towards the ground near the dog’s paw.
As the dog raises its paw in anticipation, use the verbal cue “shake,” give it the treat, then praise your dog enthusiastically. As you practice this, hold your hand gradually higher so the dog must raise its paw higher to gain the treat. Your goal is to have the dog raise its paw to chest height.
Keep practicing and always use the same paw for training. Eventually, once the dog holds its paw upon command, you can switch to the other paw. The key here is to use another command such as “other” so the dog learns that one command works for its right paw and the other for its left. Once your dog is shaking hands on command, you can start to eliminate the threats and offer happy praise instead.
While fetch is a classic game, it’s a trick that doesn’t come naturally for some dogs.
It can become pretty frustrating when your dog won’t cooperate at playtime. Some dogs are uninterested in the toy and don’t even want to try, some will go fetch the toy but not bring it back, and then there are the stubborn dogs who bring the toy back but then won’t let go.
Watch the tutorial above to see how you can get your dog interested in fetch in the first place, and then actually learn how to play fetch properly.
Encouraging your dog to bark on command is easy if your pet is naturally vocal, but it can take a bit longer to train if your dog is on the quiet side. Start getting your dog excited tossing a ball or talking in an excited tone. Then, put your dog in a “sit” position and wave a treat your dog’s nose. Keep waving the treat without letting your dog see it until your dog whines or cries. As soon as your dog makes a sound, reward your dog with the treat.
Repeat the process, but use the command “speak” as your dog begins to make noise. Do not reward your dog until it makes noise. And, always tell your dog “hush” or “enough” and walk away when you want your dog to stop.
Note: If your dog has a tendency to bark excessively, use this trick only when your dog is in a sitting position. Barking at everything that walks your front window should not be encouraged and should never be rewarded with treats or praise.
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Getting your dog to spin on command is a staple dog trick. While seemingly complicated, making your dog spin when directed can be done very easily with the right technique.
The instructor in the video above shows you how to begin with treats and eventually get to a verbal command only. However, getting your dog to spin with a verbal command only can be pretty difficult for beginners, so even if you get your dog to spin with a hand cue or treats, it’s still an accomplishment to be celebrated.
Although almost any dog can be taught to dance, the smaller breeds are typically easier to train. Getting a Saint Bernard up on its hind legs can be challenging, but lively dogs under 40 pounds can quickly learn to cut a rug. Start with your dog in a sitting position and hold a treat in your closed hand near its nose.
Slowly lift your hand over and slightly behind the dog’s head so the dog looks back and begins to stand on its hind legs. As soon as your dog stands on its hind legs, praise the dog and give it the treat. Repeat the process until your dog stands quickly and sturdily on its back legs.
Then, begin moving the treat above the dog’s head in a small circle. You want your dog to twirl on its hind legs. As soon as the dog begins to step in a circle, use the term “dance” and offer praise and the treat.
Use the treat as bait to get the dog to stand up and turn in a circle. Again, this trick is easier to accomplish with small, agile dogs. Avoid this trick if you have a breed prone to back trouble such as a dachshund.
7. Sit Pretty
Making your dog “Sit Pretty” isn’t just fun because it gives you the chance to take cute pictures of your pup to post to Instagram, but it’s also a great exercise for your dog.
Making your dog strike an adorable pose helps with your dog’s balance and can build core muscles. However, make sure your dog is healthy for this trick because it can strain dogs with pre-existing conditions.
Watch the video below to learn how it’s done.
8. High Five
As your dog masters the “shake” command, it’s a simple matter to teach him to do a “high five.” Start working on the “shake” command, but begin to hold your palm out and as the dog hits your palm, give the command “high five.” Treat and praise your dog immediately.
Your goal here is to get the dog to raise its paw as high as possible and to touch your open palm.
While you can always just give your dog a hug, this trick is neat because your dog will actually put their paws around you and hug you back. Who wouldn’t want to learn this adorable trick?
If you want to master this heartwarming hug, just remember to be understanding of the pace at which your dog learns. Also, keep in mind that it is a bit simpler for your dog to learn this trick if they already know “Sit Pretty,” but otherwise it is still very manageable.
Take a look at the video below and follow along. Your dog will get lots of “awws” from all your friends!
10. Play Dead
“Play Dead” is a great party trick that will most definitely impress your friends and family. Unlike simpler commands like sitting or shaking hands, playing dead takes a bit more time and persistence to master.
The tutorial above uses a backward method approach, teaching the last part of the trick first in order for the dog to learn easier. Take your time and remember to reinforce with a clicker and treats to make the process faster.
If your dog already knows the trick “Roll Over” it will be much easier for them to learn this trick.
11. Stand On Hind Legs
While this trick may seem like something to leave to the professionals, if you’re a persistent dog parent with patience and high determination, it’s definitely doable.
In comparison to tricks like “Shake Hands” or “Spin,” this trick may seem complex, but really it’s just as easy to achieve if you put the work and effort in.
Big or small, any dog is capable of learning this if their human is just as determined. Watch the video below for details on how to pull it off.
Conclusion On Easy Dog Tricks to Teach Your Puppy
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