Easy Dog Tricks
Roll OverFirst, only roll the dog on soft surfaces like carpet or grass.
Some dogs naturally roll over, especially puppies. If this is the case, when the dog rolls over, say 'roll over', praise and reward.
If your dog does not naturally roll over, start by putting your dog in the down position. Hold a treat in front of the dog's nose, and then slowly move the treat towards his torso and over the body, keeping the dog's nose close to the treat. The dog will eventually roll over to get at the treat.
No matter the trick you are trying to teach your dog, be patient and do lots of repetitions. However, if the dog shows absolutely no interest in the trick, even with his favourite reward being dangled in front of him, move on to another trick.
Show ShameThe purpose of this trick is to get your dog to cover his eyes with one paw, on command.
Put your dog in sit or a down position. Down may work better for balance purposes. With a treat in your hand, tell your dog to 'show shame.' Nothing will happen, at first. Physically pick up his paw and place it over his eye or muzzle, while repeating the 'show shame' command. Praise and reward. Keep repeating this exercise until your dog covers his eyes or muzzle on command.
Another way to get your dog to 'show shame' is to gently blow on his nose. The slight irritation to the nose may cause your dog to swipe at his muzzle. When he does this, praise and reward him. Keep repeating the exercise until your dog associates the verbal command with his action.
Shake-a-PawEvery paw trick builds upon the trick 'shake-a-paw'. There are two ways to teach this trick. Some dogs love to paw at their owners to get their attention. If you have one of these dogs, teaching 'paw' will be relatively simple. Each time the dog gives you his paw, say 'paw'. Your dog will soon learn to associate the word 'paw' with him giving you his paw.
If your dog doesn't paw at you, teaching him to shake a paw is still relatively simple. Start with your dog in the sit position. With your hand extended toward the dog, palm up, say 'paw' or 'shake a paw' (use the same command consistently). If the dog does nothing, lift its paw into your hand and say 'paw', then release and treat. You may need to repeat this part a few times before the dog understands what is expected of him. In the early stages of training this trick, hold up the same paw each time.
Once your dog is competent at giving you his paw, start coaxing him to give you the other paw by saying 'other paw'. In the beginning, you may have to point to the other paw while saying 'other paw' in order for your dog to comprehend.
WaveOnce your dog has mastered 'shake-a-paw', you can teach him to wave.
When your dog gives you his paw, don't grab it, instead, pull your hand back and say 'wave.' It also helps if when you pull your hand back you move it a bit higher and wave it back and forth. Your dog will try to put his paw in your hand, thereby creating the 'wave' motion.
High FiveDo the paw exercise, however, when your dog gives you his paw, pull it up, but not too high as the dog can only lift a front paw so far. When you lift your hand, turn your hand so it is palm to paw pads. Touch palm to paw pads and say 'high five'. Praise and reward.
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