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A Few Dog Tricks

Do you want to learn a few dog tricks? Teaching your dog a few new tricks can be as easy as it looks on TV. By teaching your dog a few tricks you can later showcase your dog to your neighbors’ and friends and, who knows, your dog could be the star of any party that you host down the road - not to mention your own family.



The key to most successful results is in the choice of rewards. Remember, reward your dog when he does something you ask him to. Ignore his mistakes if he doesn't quite make it. But don't punish him if he doesn't act the way you want him to. You don't want to intimidate him.

The best age for teaching most tricks to dogs is when they are still a puppy. But that doesn't mean that older dogs can't learn. Old dogs can also learn new tricks too. So don't leave them out of the fun and games.

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The key to most successful results is in the choice of rewards. Remember, reward your dog when he does something you ask him to. Ignore his mistakes if he doesn’t quite make it. But don’t punish him if he doesn’t act the way you want him to. You don’t want to intimidate him.

The best age for teaching most tricks to dogs is when they are still a puppy. But that doesn’t mean that older dogs can’t learn. Old dogs can also learn new tricks too. So don’t leave them out of the fun and games.

Most dogs can understand both voice and hand signals and it is a great idea to teach them both ways for the same tricks. Who knows when you’ll have a sore throat and can’t talk - in that case hand signals would be a huge benefit. So let’s take a minute and discuss a few dog tricks to teach your own dog.

Trick 1 - How to make your dog sit? When your dog is standing near you on all fours, loudly say ‘SIT’. Put your left hand behind both the hind legs while still facing the dog and push them inward so that the knees of your dog bend and he sits. Reward him. Do this ten to fifteen times and your dog will learn how to sit when you say the word ‘SIT.’

Trick 2 - How to make your dog lie on ground? Once you learn to make your dog sit, as mentioned above, call loudly “DOWN.” While holding a favorite treat in front of your dogs nose, take your treat hand and pull your hand toward the ground so that your dog follows the treat down to the floor with both his front legs touching the ground.

Trick 3 - How to make your dog not bark unnecessarily. Whenever your dog is barking at a stranger unnecessarily you need to teach him to learn to keep quiet. Why not try this: buy a big bone toy from the supermarket. Next time when your dog barks say “QUIET” firmly and as he does put the toy bone in his mouth. If you repeat the steps as mentioned above he will learn to avoid barking when asked to do so in time.

Trick 4 - How to make your dog shake hands? When your dog is in a sitting position say ‘Shake Hands’ and pull his right paw into your hands. At first your dog won’t understand what you are asking of him. Do this five or ten times and you will eventually see that your dog will extend his right paw to you. Keep rewarding him with treats. Make it a fun exercise and he’ll get it in no time.

Dog training can be loads of fun. Plus, learning a few dog tricks can break up an otherwise boring day for you both. Dog training not only makes your dog more lovable but also helps brings discipline into his life. Plus this can be a fun and bonding event for both of you. In the end, I think there is no better company than a loving, well trained, dog.

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"He's got his dog trained so that it only does it on newspapers. The trouble is it does it when he's reading the blasted things." -- Honore de Balzac