12 Fun Tricks To Teach Your Dog

12 Fun Tricks To Teach Your Dog

Dogs are amazing creatures and make perfect pets. They are always excited to see us and love us unconditionally. Not only do they provide us with companionship, but dogs can also be taught to perform tricks that can amaze and entertain us.

In this blog post, we will outline some of the best tricks to teach your dog. Keep in mind that each dog is different, so you may have to experiment a bit before finding what works best for your pet. With patience, persistence, and plenty of rewards, you and your dog will be able to master some amazing tricks!

1. Paw

Hold a little treat in your hand so your dog can smell it but not see it. Ensure they're in a sitting position while doing this. After this, encourage your dog to attempt to obtain the treat. Most dogs will try to paw open your closed fist.

As soon as their paw brushes against your hand, offer them the treat and praise them. Begin incorporating a verbal command such as "paw" before giving them the treat.

2. Spin

Start by getting your dog to sit in front of you. Show them a treat and then hold it above their head, so they have to look up at it. As they try to get the treat, slowly move your hand in a clockwise direction.

Once they've made one complete turn, give them the treat and praise them. With practice, you can add the verbal command "spin" before giving them the treat.

Spinning is an excellent dog trick because it requires them to use their bodies in a new way and think creatively. It's also a fun one for dog owners to watch!

3. Kiss

 A dog kissing its owner

Because dogs enjoy licking their owners, this is a difficult trick to master. Start by holding up their favorite treat and then say "kiss" in a soothing voice.

Wait until your dog's nose touches your face, and then move your cheek towards it. Move back before it licks you, and offer the dog the treat. If you execute this procedure fast enough, your dog will learn to softly touch you with its nose to receive food.

4. Crawl

This is another easy dog trick your dog can learn in no time. To start, position yourself on the ground in front of your dog so that you are at their level.

Show them a treat and then hold it close to the ground in front of their nose. Slowly begin to move the treat away from them while near the ground yourself.

As they follow the dog treat, they should begin to lower their body closer to the ground as well. When they reach a crawling position, give them the treat and praise them! Crawling is a fun trick that can be used in many different situations, such as when you're playing hide-and-seek or when you want your dog to crawl under something (like a table).

5. Stand Up

Dogs naturally have strong muscles, so getting them to perform a trick such as standing up shouldn't be too much of a problem. This is also one of the easiest tricks to teach your dog. To start, hold a treat parallel to your dog's nose. As you move the treat upwards and as your dog stands to reach it, commend your pet and reward it. When your dog is upright and in a standing position, give the verbal command "stand" and repeat.

6. Play Dead

Start by telling your dog to lie down. (If your dog doesn't comply with the command, you'll have to master the "lay down" command.) Once they are down, hold a treat near your dog's nose and slowly draw it across its body towards its side, forcing it to roll over to get it. This step is similar to teaching your dog to roll over.

If your dog knows this trick, it's ahead of the game already. As soon as your dog is on its side, say "yes" or "good." Then give the dog a treat. Repeat these steps several times until your dog has rolled on its side a few times. After that, insert a verbal cue and a hand signal to indicate when they should stop rolling.

7. Lay Down

A dog lying down 

Start by putting your dog in a sitting position. Hold a treat close to their nose and then slowly lower it down to the ground. As they follow the treat, they will lower their head and bottom.

Once they lie down, say "yes" or "good" and give them the treat. If they get back up, simply repeat the process until they stay in the lying down position when you give the command. It's crucial that you be consistent with this trick and only give them a treat when they are in the desired position. Otherwise, your dog will become confused about what is being asked of them.

Laying down is a great way to calm an anxious dog and can also be used as a way to get them to stop barking.

8. Handstand

Teaching your dog to do a handstand is a fun trick, but it's only for advanced, adult dogs. The pressure on their joints could harm puppies. According to the American Kennel Club, start by teaching your puppy to mount a book with its hind legs. Once they contact the book with a hind foot, praise and give them something wonderful before encouraging them to put both rear legs on the object.

Once your pup is willing to put both feet on the item, move it up against a wall and start lowering it little by little. For example, you may begin by stacking another book on top of the object. Eventually, your dog will utilize its body to raise its hind legs onto the top of the stack. Then you may remove the books, then cue the behavior in exactly the same way as if they were still there. If your dog makes any attempts to lift its rear legs on the wall, give them a treat.

9. Wave

 A dog waving to the camera

This is another fun and easy trick to teach your dog. Start by having your dog sit or stand next to you. Hold a treat in your hand and say the command "wave." As you say this, move your hand up and down in front of their face.

They will likely paw at the treat or try to grab it. As soon as they do this, say "yes" or "good" and give them the treat. Repeat this process until they start waving their paw on command.

You can also use a clicker if you prefer. Once your dog has mastered the basic wave, you can add a second command such as "say hello" or "give me five."

10. Pick Up Toys

Start by flinging one of your dog's toys across the room. Get your dog to go after it and bring it back while you keep a treat in the air. When your dog returns with the toy, hold the treat directly over the basket and instruct it to drop the toy in. Give your dog a reward as soon as possible and offer them praise.

11. Fetch

This is one of the most popular tricks. Start by teaching your dog to fetch a toy that you have already thrown. As they bring the toy back to you, say "good" or "yes" and give them a treat.

Once they have mastered this, you can start throwing the toy while saying the command "fetch." As always, be sure to praise and reward your dog when they bring the toy back to you.

12. Shake

 A dog shaking its owner

This trick is similar to the wave, except that you will be asking your dog to lift its paw and offer it to you. Have your dog sit or stand next to you. Then hold a treat in your hand and say the command "shake." As you say this, move your hand up and down in front of their face.

They will likely paw at the treat or try to grab it. As soon as they do this, say "yes" or "good" and give them the treat. Repeat this process until they start shaking their paw on command.

Tips For Dog Trick Training

Tricks are a great way to bond with your dog and provide them with mental and physical stimulation. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Start with simple tricks such as sit, stay, come, and down. Once your dog has mastered these, you can move on to more advanced tricks.

2. Be consistent with your commands and rewards. This will help your dog understand what is being asked of them.

3. Practice each trick for a few minutes each day. This will help your dog learn the behavior more quickly.

4. Have patience! Learning new things takes time, so don't get frustrated if your dog learns slowly or doesn't catch on right away. They'll get there eventually!

What If Your Dog Is Not Listening?

There are a number of reasons why your dog might not be responding to commands during your training sessions. It could be that they haven't been properly trained, they're distracted, they're not motivated, or they don't understand what you want them to do.

If you're having trouble getting your dog interested in tricks, it's important to consult with a professional trainer or behaviorist. They will be able to help you troubleshoot the problem and come up with a plan for training your dog.

Conclusion

A woman teaching her dogs tricks

 

Teaching your dog tricks can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. With a bit of patience and practice, you'll be able to teach them anything you want! Do you have any favorite tricks that you like to teach your dog? Let us know in the comments below! Happy dog training!

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