The adage ‘A dog is a man’s best friend’ is certainly not without basis. Loyal and friendly companions, dogs make excellent pets to come home to.
They are a lot of fun, are usually extremely fond of their owners, and act as additional security against intruders attempting to trespass into one’s premises.
However, what is just as fascinating is the fact that dogs are very intelligent creatures that can be taught to perform a large variety of tricks such as asking them to sit and stay where they are, or calling them.
While these are the basic tricks one may teach one’s canine companion, there are a large number of other tricks that are more complicated, that dogs can do as well.
Not only is it very entertaining teaching a dog such tricks, but this training also helps the dog perform their various functions better.
10 Tricks You Should Start Teaching Your Dog Today
Teach Your Dog To Back Up
This is an extremely handy little trick that basically teaches your dog to back away from something.
This is very useful as it allows you to tell your dog to reverse their steps should they be about to do something that you do not want them to, such as peeing on your carpet.
The training consists of beginning with teaching the dog how to stay when the owner asks it to, after which it is recommended to move away from your dog. After moving back a few steps, the owner must then proceed in the direction of the dog and ask it to back away.
Seeing the owner walk towards it, will automatically make the dog take a few steps back as a part of natural instinct. Should the dog do this, it must be told that what it did was correct to reinforce this particular behavior.
Teach Your Dog To Take a Bow
This is a nifty little trick that is bound to impress others and make your dog smarter and more capable.
Basically, dogs bow by allowing their elbows to be lowered, which lets their chests hit the ground, all the while maintaining its posterior to be at the same height that it had been when it had been standing.
A bow is the perfect thing one’s pet dog can do after showing off its various skills. In order to teach one’s dog how to bow, it is important that the canine already knows when to stand still upon being asked to do so.
A treat must then be dangled enticingly in front of it and then the treat must be brought lower. The dog will automatically try not to lose sight of the treat and as it is brought down, will make sure it follows where it is going.
This will make it bow. The treat must then be brought up again and if all goes well, it must be given to the dog as its reward.
Teach Your Dog To Shake Paws
One of the most engaging and friendly tricks a dog may learn is how to use its paw to perform a sort of hand-shake.
This trick may be taught with greater ease than the others. The dog is usually quite fast in learning it as well. As usual one only requires some dog treats only. The dog must know when to sit when instructed.
Then the treat must be shown to it, after which it must be hidden from the dog’s view by turning the open hand into a fist, thereby trapping the treat and making the dog wonder where it went.
The dog must then be asked to shake, all the while moving the closed hand from one side to another and making sure the dog’s attention remains on it. This must be done until the dog starts trying to pry the treat from your hands.
When they actually touch the owner’s hand, the treat must be surrendered to make it understand it was right in reaching out to you with its paw.
Teach Your Dog To Wave
One will not experience a lot of hardship in their attempts to teach their dogs to raise their paw in greeting or farewell.
This is a perfect trick with which the owner might start off a series of tricks the dog already knows.
The basic training one must ensure the dog possesses, before it is taught to wave, is make sure that the dog knows how to shake its paws with others.
Upon being asked to shake, the dog should obey and lift its paw to touch someone or something. Ensure that the object the dog is attempting to shake with is being raised, thus causing the dog to raise its paw higher.
The height required for the paw to be lifted to, must be greater than the height at which it shakes. When it raises its paw to this height, the treat must be fed to it.
Several attempts of this act, with each time making the dog raise its paw higher, will be followed by the wave command when the paw is raised.
Teach Your Dog To Speak or Be Quiet
A dog may be taught to bark or remain silent at the behest of its trainers. While constant barking is very annoying, this trick to bark on command actually ends up accentuating its instinct to bark.
This is a great safety measure as the dog, once trained like this, would alert the owner to any intruders by constantly barking when people try to break in. Although it is not easy, the dog may be taught to bark as well as remain silent, when asked to do so. First a word should be chosen that it can associate with barking.
Then another word must be selected to keep it quiet. The dog’s normal barks must be given attention and then its attention must be diverted. When the dog stops barking, the command to keep it quiet must be said.
Teach Your Dog To Spin
A spinning dog is an incredible sight, but make sure you don’t make your dog do this too often.
The dog must be asked to stay in one place and a treat must be displayed and rotated around, so it has to turn to keep its eyes on it. After the dog has circled around once in its attempt to keep the treat in sight, this behavior must be encouraged by then relinquishing hat treat to the dog.
A dog may also be taught the direction in which it must oblige its owner by spinning around. The treat, held in front as usual, must then be rotated with the spin command also including the directions of left and right.
Teach Your Dog To Kiss
Big, wet, sloppy kisses are the best ways a dog may show its love for the owner. Children are overjoyed when dogs do this trick, which is comparatively easier when it comes to learning it.
What will be required is a treat that the dog loves, but may be spread on the owner’s cheek. The dog must then be asked to kiss the person with the treat all over their face. The canine will immediately go for the treat on the cheeks, licking it up.
A different method is to declare it to be kissing you when it is actually licking you for any reason.
Teach Your Dog To Beg
A begging dog is one of the most adorable sights, where it sits on the legs on its hind and asks for the owner’s attention.
This trick is among the ones that are harder to teach when one owns a dog. The dog must be asked to sit commanded to be seated. Once it is seated, it must be commanded to beg while holding a treat over it.
The treat must be near its mouth and must be slowly raised so that it lifts its mouth in trying to reach it. The owner must raise it so high that the dog must support itself on only its back legs upon which it lifts the rest of its body to try and get the treat.
Teach Your Dog To Roll Over
The act of a dog rolling around on the ground is incredibly adorable. However, prerequisites of this particular trick are prior knowledge and training of sitting and lying down.
Again, the trick of rolling over is something that dogs usually take longer to learn than other tricks. The dog must initially be made to lie down, after which a treat must be shown and held close to it.
The treat must then be moved in such a way so as to take it from its mouth towards its shoulders, essentially making it turn and keeping it turning until it has rolled over once when the owner must approve and hand the treat over to the dog.
Teach Your Dog To Play Dead
One of the most elaborate tricks to ever teach a dog, the rewards of a dog that knows how to play dead is immense.
Apart from impressing others, such dramatic behavior is extremely lovable. One must begin by asking the dog to lie down, followed by the command that signifies that it should play dead. A treat needs to be dangled near the dog’s nose and then shifted to one side, making it roll over once to get to it.
Another helpful point is teaching the dog the trick of rolling over from before, so it’s easier to make it roll. Once the dog is on its side, its actions must be affirmed by the surrender of the treat.