10 COMMON DOG TRICKS
Teaching your dog tricks is a good way for you to bond with your canine
pet. It also helps to stimulate his mind and keep him from becoming
It is also a fun way for your pet to learn obedience and good
manners since poorly trained dogs could bring chaos to an otherwise
Usually, the best time to start teaching your dog some basic dog tricks
they aren’t fully grown yet.
There are also some tricks that a
certain type of dog will have difficulty in learning.
For example, dominant dogs will have a hard time learning how to roll
over since they don’t like to expose their bellies. One the other hand,
some dogs find it natural to carry something with their mouths since
they were born with that instinct.
Rewarding your dog by giving some small treat and praising him could
make it easier for your pet to follow your command. It is also
advisable to practice new dog tricks for only a few minutes at a time
to prevent your canine pet from getting bored.
Here are 10 common dog
tricks that you can teach your dog and have fun doing:
This is the most common dog trick that you can teach your
dog. This trick is very easy to do since a dog usually sits down when
its owner holds a treat on his hand.
You can then firmly say “SIT” while holding the treat with one hand
while your other hand gently pushes the dog’s rear end to the ground.
When your dog does the sitting position, you can give him the treat and
praise him soundly.
2. ROLL OVER.
This trick shows the dog rolling over on its back and
coming back on its feet. Make your dog lie down on his stomach over a
soft surface like carpet or grass.
Hold a treat to his nose and move it around and behind him, making him
lie down on his side and roll over! However, some dogs, especially
dominant ones, don’t like to do the roll over trick since they are
scared to put their belly up.
After he does the dog tricks successfully, give him the treat and
On this trick, your dog will simply roll on his
back with his feet up in the air, like he was a “dead” dog. Make your
dog lie down on his belly and gently roll him on his side saying “PLAY
DEAD” and make him stay down for a few seconds.
Then say “OK” and let him stand up and give him a reward. Remember not
to give him a reward when he is lying down. Wait for him to finish his
dog tricks and give him a treat.
This could be a difficult trick for most dogs to do
since it involves balance. Make your dog face you and hold a treat just
above his head and tell him “BEG”.
Your dog will raise his front feet off the ground to try and reach the
treat that you are dangling. As soon as he does this, give him the
Gradually lengthen the time you give him the treat to help him develop
Dogs have the natural instinct to chase after
things but the problem is how to make them bring it back. Have a treat
ready for them and they will come back.
If your dog doesn’t like to fetch, slit open a tennis ball or a rubber
ball and show him that you are putting some treats inside and give her
one. Then throw the ball and run with her to fetch the ball and give
her a treat.
Try to give him treats less often until he runs after the ball without
needing any treats.
Make your dog sit and then say “SHAKE HANDS”.
Hold his paw with your hand and praise him or give him a treat.
Eventually, say ”SHAKE HANDS” but don’t take his hand.
See if he will raise his paw by himself and then give him a treat. If
not, go back to practising him again by holding his paw.
Get your dog pretty excited so that he will bark.
Once he barks say, “SPEAK” and praise him. However, if you already have
a problem with your dog because of his barking, you might think of
other dog tricks to teach him.
This is an easy trick to teach although it could get
a bit messy. When your dog licks your face say, “GIVE ME A KISS” and
praise him. You could put some peanut butter on your cheek and say,
“GIVE ME A KISS”, if your dog isn’t a licker.
This is an easy trick to do once your dog already
knows how to shake hands. When your dog brings up his paw to shake
hands, don’t grab it and say “WAVE”. After that you can give him a
treat or praise him.
This is a very easy trick if your dog
already knows how to “speak”. When your dog is barking, get in front of
him and say “QUIET”. The instant he stops, even if just to take a
breath, give him a treat.
Practice this dog tricks often and gradually increase the quiet time
from 2 seconds to 5 or longer.
It will entertain your friends and make
your dog look smart in front of other people.
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