To teach your dog even easy tricks, you need to have some small reward treats. Be in a quiet suitable place and keep the training sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your dog will start to get bored. Remember when he gets something right give lots of praise and a reward treat. Just be careful not to get him over excited or he will loose concentration.
GIVE ME YOUR PAW
Getting your dog to give you his paw you will first get your dog to sit. Then as you say the word ‘paw’ take your dogs paw in your hand. Give the dog a treat, repeat this and after a few times do not take his paw so quickly. Say the word, count to one then take it. You should notice he is bringing his paw up as you say the word. If he does not, go back to saying it at the same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response again. After 2 or 3 sessions most dogs pick this one up quite happily.
GIVE ME FIVE
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you would for the paw trick. Your dog will think you want to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we taught him earlier. As he reaches up you say “high five” and give him the treat. Once your dog has mastered the paw trick this one should be very easy to learn. With just a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than voice control.
JUMP THROUGH A HOOP
Getting your dog to jump through a hoop is another easy trick. Don’t hold the hoop too high so your dog won’t hurt himself while doing the trick. Sit your dog on one side of a hula hoop. Get the dogs attention on your hand on the other side of the hoop. Take a treat in your hand and give the dog the command to release him from the sit. At first he may attempt to go around or under the hoop. If this happens start again. Your dog wants the treat and will soon learn that going around or under does not get it. So he will soon start going through it. When he does, say hoopla and give him the treat. He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of hoopla. If you have a smaller dog you might want to start with the hoop touching the ground so the dog just goes through the hoop. Then slowly raise it as he gets used to the trick.