Tricks are probably among the most enjoyable things you could do with your pet dog. There are just so many great things about dog tricks: they stimulate your pet’s mind. They help you bond with your pet in ways you probably haven’t thought of before. They also increase your dog’s ability to learn new things, as well as helping him maintain a good mindset. Here are some ideas for how to teach your dog tricks, and why you should never punish your puppy or dog for trying something he hasn’t done in his past.
One of the easiest tricks to teach your dog is the high five. To do this, you’ll need the following items: Your dog’s regular hand, a treat, your dog’s regular hand, and a cue (preferably a good one, not a metal cue like a fork). Once you have all three of these items, simply stand in front of your canine friend and give him the treat, then give him the high five dog command. Next, tell him “high five”, and then quickly move his hands and feet into position to form a “catch me” pose. When he finishes, give him the treat and the verbal cue “kiss”.
The easiest tricks are the ones you can teach your dog to perform without having to go through any difficult training sessions. One of my favorite tricks that doesn’t require a lot of work is the up-and-down “come” command. This is easy because it requires your canine companion to merely turn around on his heel and come towards you. For this trick, I recommend buying an inexpensive electronic collar that emits a high pitched sound when your pup approaches the edge of your path. You can also use a treat as a reward, but only if you’re able to see your dog make the connection between the sound of the collar and the feeling of reward coming. Some dogs may be hesitant at first to the idea of collaring themselves, but if you take your time and teach your dog tricks that are simple and rewards based, your pooch will enjoy learning new tricks and behaviors.