Training the dog to do tricks

For thousands of years dogs have been the most valued loving and entertaining companions of man. Dogs are often considered as the “baby” in the family and anything the dog does would be well noticed and enjoyed by family members. The dog’s fun and loving nature is the reason why the pet is always taken around but a dog that can do tricks would make an owner show off the pet’s abilities. The dog’s ability to roll over, to pay dead, shake hands, to beg will certainly make a positive impression on people. Teaching the dog to do tricks would be an impressive accomplishment for any pet owner.

Many pet owners would baulk at the idea of training the dog to do tricks. Training the dog to do tricks is indeed a difficult task. Dogs have varied characteristics. Some dog breeds would be interested with the challenges given by the owner while others would simply ignore an owner’s commands. Persistence is a very important word in training the dog to do tricks. Encouraging the dog to learn tricks would need lots of patience as countless repetitions would be necessary before the dog can correlate the command with the desired action.

Obedience training and teaching the dog to do tricks requires the same training techniques. In both cases, the owner has to have lots of patience and perseverance and utilize positive reinforcements and constant repetitions to make the dog remember the trick. Dogs are pack animals and it would be necessary to establish your position as the leader of the pack to gain the dog’s compliance and respect. Directions must be simple and clear to be easily understood by the dog.

Because dogs communicate using a whole range of body language, a verbal command would be understood better if incorporated with hand gestures. By holding out one hand in the shake hand trick, the dog will be prompted to extend its paw. Use an authoritative voice to give a consistent command until the trick is learned.

Being social creatures, dogs have an innate willingness to please its people. A loving pat or a smile will make the dog understand that the master is pleased with what it has done. Dogs are food motivated as well so that positive reinforcement in the form of treats would encourage the dog to obey the commands. Dogs are curious and energetic animals. The short training sessions that are proven to be more effective in teaching the dog to perform tricks would be more efficient if conducted in an area that is relatively free from distractions.

How do you teach a dog to do tricks? Sarah’s Dogs has more answers to this question as well as dog first aid.

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