Simple tricks you can teach your dog

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Training your dog will keep its brain sharp. It will keep your best friend happy, mentally active, and obedient. The exercise is an excellent way to bond. Best of all? Both you and your pet could show some cool moves at the next party!

It is assumed that your dog has already mastered fundamental obedience commands like “down” and “sit”. If it has done so, then trick training is a cakewalk. In case your pet is a total newbie, teach it some fundamental obedience moves before you teach the following tricks. Each training session must not go beyond 10 minutes to a maximum of two times every day. It is vital that both you and your dog are in a good mood. Do not hesitate to reward your pet when it does what it is told. Do not express frustration on your friend. Do not be a brute and use physical force under any circumstances. Feeling angry? Stop the session immediately.

Roll over

Put the dog in “down” position. Take a treat in hand and then move hand slowly behind the neck of the dog. The aim of this move is to get your dog to gracefully turn its head sans standing up. When its head pivots back to sniff your treat, slowly roll it over. When your dog rolls over, praise it and give the treat. Repeat the process and say “roll” when doing so. Give treat after completion. Continue for 10 minutes.

Try the same process again later the same day. Do not do these actions in excess of 10 minutes. Your dog will in time learn to associate the action with the word “roll”. Do not give the treat after a few days. Praise every time when it completes the roll.

Shake hands

This is easy as dogs raise their paws by own accord when they want a treat. Begin by commanding your pet to “sit”. Take a treat in the hand and then slowly move the treat to the ground near the paw of the dog. Your dog will move its paw in anticipation. Use the “shake” verbal cue and give your pet the treat. Praise it fulsomely. Repeat these moves and gradually hold your hand higher and higher. This will force your dog to raise a paw higher as it wants the treat. Your aim is to raise the dog’s paw to your chest height. Use the same paw for practicing. When the dog becomes adept in one paw, switch to the other paw. It is important your pet comprehends the “other” word so that it automatically raises the correct paw. Your dog after a while will learn to do these by itself. Once it does, do away with the treat.

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