If you think teaching some tricks to your dog is difficult and impossible, think again. Even if you’ve had difficulties teaching your dog tricks in the past, a simple change of technique can usually help. How about a few basic, fun, and easy tricks? Introducing these tricks gradually will get your pooch into the show ring in no time!
If you think you’re ready, it’s time to prepare lots of treats. We have prepared a list of simple and easy-to-teach tricks that you and your dog will enjoy.
Tricks to Teach your Dog
The following tricks are fun, easy, and a delight to perform for houseguests. Even if it’s just you and your dog performing these tricks, they are an incredible way to bond with your furry friend. As you practice with your pup, keep in mind that plenty of patience is needed.
What Are the Fun Tricks I Can Teach My Dog?
Perhaps one of our favorite bonding activities with our dogs is giving kisses. Our canines companions usually give and receive kisses whenever and wherever, but what about on command? Using a clicker can be an effective way to train your dog when to kiss and when to stop.
Simply lean forward and kiss your dog, clicking the clicker whenever it does. Continue marking this behavior, giving a double-click whenever your pull away or your dog stops licking. Continue this pattern until your dog licks on one click and stops on two clicks. Reward your pup every time it is successful, and soon it will know exactly when you want kisses!
Bark on Command
Controlling your dog to refrain from doing something natural, such as barking, can be difficult. If your dog is developing a habit of barking excessively, we have a method that can keep it from making unnecessary noise, especially with visitors around.
As always, treats are the best way to motivate your pooch. When your dog starts barking and you’d like it to stop, give it a treat. As soon as the dog stops barking to sniff and eat the treat, say “Stop” in a firm voice, then praise your pet. Eventually, your dog will stop barking when you say “Stop” because it expects treats and praise.
Similarly, you can say “Speak” and get a friend to ring the doorbell anytime you want your pet to bark. Give your dog a treat and pets each time they bark. Soon, get your friend to stop ringing the doorbell and only say “Speak.” Every time your dog barks, reward it!
Enthusiasm is just as important as treats with this trick. For one thing, you don’t have to grab a dog’s paw to do teach “shake hands.” When you offer your hand, wait until your pet puts its paw above it. Then give a treat. Do this until you can tell your dog the cue for this trick, and it obeys.
An advanced trick that’s physically beneficial to both you and your dog is playing fetch. Play fetch is a trick that boosts a dog’s confidence and provides physical exercise.
Encourage your dog by showing it the object you’re throwing. Most dogs don’t need an incentive to chew on a toy or grab a stick, but you can also use treats. When it grabs the object by its mouth, instantly give your canine companion a treat.
Do this again until your dog develops an urge to get the toy no matter what. As soon as it knows the trick, you can mark the command with “fetch” or a clicker.
This cute trick doesn’t always work the first time. Or the first 100 times. If your dog is having trouble making full rolls, you can break them into small turns. Entice your pet with a treat near its nose so it will sniff it. The dog’s head will follow it as you move your hand. Only give praise and treats when it completely turns onto the other side.
A classic dog trick is playing dead, and it can be a fun and funny one for your dog to learn. Ask your pooch to lay down. Repeating “Play dead,” old the treat out to your dog’s nose and slowly move it to one side, near your pet’s shoulder. The animal should roll to one side rather than shift its body. If your dog tries to stand or turn its whole body, start from the top.
As soon as your dog rolls on its side, praise it with the treat, pets, and a good belly rub. Continue doing this until your dog can roll on its side and stay there just by the “Play dead” command.
This trick is good for balance and even a sense of direction. To teach this trick to your dog, hold a treat in your hand and pointing it in the desired direction. Ideally, your pet will eventually develop the habit of following the treats in your hand around in circles. Use a clicker or commands to mark the trick.
Stand on Hind Legs
Ensure your pup’s body is ready for this trick because it can cause stress to its hind legs. If you think your dog can do it, start by placing it in a sitting position. Move your hands up and down while holding the treats until your pet understands that it needs to raise its front legs. As soon as it does, reward your dog quickly and repeat until it knows the drill.
Warning: This trick can be dangerous to dogs with previous leg injuries or breeds with weak hind legs. While it’s a cute trick, always take note of your dog’s comfort level. Also, consider limiting this trick, saving it for special occasions.
This trick is similar to a dog standing on hind legs, except it rests on its haunches. It’s an effective way to practice balance and strengthen muscles.
From a sitting position, ask your dog to raise its front paws. Reward it every time it does. Repeat until your pet sits with front paws raised. Praise it for being a good boy or girl and feed it a treat!
Here’s a trick that you and your dog will surely enjoy. It will help you moderate your dog’s hyperactivity. Put the treat behind your back. From there, your dog will grab it with its paws. The gesture allows putting the animal’s head beside your neck for a loving embrace.
Is Mental Stimulation Necessary for Dogs?
Mental stimulation is part of a dog’s lifestyle. You want a dog that is sharp and active. Exercise can help dogs that are aging, stressed, or even depressed. Letting off excess energy is also a great way to minimize destructive behavior. Your furry friend will get busy with these exercises and forget that he’s depressed.
Why Do You Need to Stimulate a Dog’s Brain?
When a dog is mentally stimulated, it doesn’t seek out as many thrills, distractions, and opportunities for mischief. We love energetic and sociable dogs, but there’s a time and a place for a hyper pup. Exercise can help you focus your dog’s energy into an ideal timeframe each day.
Reduces Boredom and Destructive Behavior
A bored dog tends to dig, bite, and harm. On the other hand, mentally stimulated dogs result in a pooch that wants to cuddle up and relax.
It’s no secret that dogs love being the center of attention. When your dog knows it’s time to impress people, it becomes happy. Certain breeds even love being showy. Good thing that you can moderate its desire to impress with basic training!
Support Elderly Dogs
Dogs’ health and activities decline as they age. This is normal, but it can make dogs more sensitive to being alone. Our lives can easily get busy, but when we set time aside to train and play with our furry friends, they will handle being alone much better. It will also give older pups plenty of confidence.
Teaches Good Behavior
Trained dogs know their limitations. They are controllable. They know when they are allowed to do things by cues and signals. Start with simple tricks to mold behavior and help your furry friend become a responsible dog.
Strengthens Your Bond
You and your dog deserve a good time to bond. It is right to make your pet feel special with dog-owner time.
More Expert Tips
- Be consistent with your cues and signals.
- Do not start with an advanced trick. Always start with the basics.
- Ensure that new tricks are ideal for your dog’s health and condition.
- Always go for tricks that both of you enjoy.
- Don’t forget to praise your pet and hand out treats!