Easy Dog Tricks Any Canine Can Master

easy dog tricksThere are plenty of great reasons why dog is considered man’s best friend. A good canine companion will always be willing to be a member of your “pack” and listen to your commands. But in order to have a well-adjusted dog who does not feel the need to be the alpha in the family, you should begin training him at a young age. This course will give you the guidelines you need to train a puppy successfully. And you can also check out this blog post, which is filled with helpful puppy training tips. Although training dogs of any breed can definitely be challenging, there are some easy dog tricks that any good pooch can master if they are taught using the right strategies that your dog will understand. Below are just a few of these tricks, which you can begin teaching your dog right away so that you can strengthen your bond and impress your friends with how smart and obedient your pet really is. 

Fetch

The trick that most people think of first when they conjure up images of obedient dogs doing things for their owners is “fetch.” But even though many dogs will fetch instinctually by bringing a ball right back to you after you toss it for him to run after it, there are some dogs who do not readily take to this command and need a little bit of training. Thankfully, though, this is one of the easiest tricks you can teach your dog. As with all other tricks, the younger your dog is when you start training him, the more success you will have. To train your dog in this command, cut a slit into a rubber ball or a tennis ball, depending upon what would be most appropriate for your dog’s size. Squeeze a few of your dog’s favorite treats inside the ball and make sure he knows that they are in there by taking one out and giving it to him. Then toss the ball, which your dog will undoubtedly be motivated to go after. Run alongside your dog at first so that you can get the ball and give him a treat each time. Once your dog understands that going after the ball will lead to a treat, you can begin tossing it without running with him. He should learn to bring it back to you, and you can reward him for learning this neat trick by giving him plenty of praise and an extra treat. The goal is to eventually do away with the treat incentive altogether. You can accomplish this by throwing the ball a couple of times in a row without giving your dog the treat each time. This should teach your dog that it’s just as much fun to play fetch without the treats inside the ball.

Shake

One of the most adorable dog tricks is the good old-fashioned paw shake. The first step involves teaching your dog how to sit on command. If you have difficulty with this, take this course on training your dog in order to nail the basics. Once you have taught your dog to sit when you tell him to, and to not get up until you tell him to do so as well, you can then move on to teaching him how to give you his paw. Choose the command “shake,” “paw,” or “shake hands” and then use it throughout the training process so that your dog will begin to understand what the command means. Avoid switching up the terminology of the command because doing so will confuse your dog, so stick with a phrase or word that works best for you. After you say the command of your choice, take your dog’s paw in your hand and hold it for a few seconds. Give your dog plenty of praise by telling him what a good dog he is for letting you do this. Then let go of his paw. Doing this routine several times a day for several days will eventually get your dog to know the command and understand that having his paw in your hand leads to praise. Be patient with this and all other tricks because it may take a while for your dog to catch on to what your expectations are. But after you have followed the instructions above for a few days, go to the next step, which involves just saying the command and seeing if your dog offers you his paw on his own. If not, keep training him by lifting his paw gently and repeating the command. Eventually, he will get it.

Wave

A waving dog is one of the cutest sights you will ever encounter, but before you teach your dog to wave, he should have a firm grasp of the “shake” command. Once you have established that trick, teaching him to wave is surprisingly simple. Just give the command to shake his paw but, instead of grabbing his paw like usual, allow him to hold his paw in the air as you say “wave.” Then reward your pooch with a delicious treat. Eventually, your dog will realize that holding his paw up for a “wave” command results in a treat, and this will ensure he learns this new trick easily. Try to coax your dog to lift his paw even higher in the air by pretending like you are going to grab his paw with your hand. You can also make a waving motion with your hand while making your dog think you’re going to grab his paw. This may get him to follow the movement and literally wave back at you. Once he masters this lesson, you can take this course on dog training and dog tricks to get him to learn even more fun commands.

Kiss

Few things are better than a kiss from your beloved canine companion who loves you unconditionally. Many dogs will happily lick your face to show their affection, so if your dog is already licking your face, simply repeat the command “give me a kiss” while praising your dog. If, on the other hand, your dog doesn’t typically lick your face but you wish he would, you can start training him to do so by putting a little bit of peanut butter on your cheek and allowing him to lick it off while saying the command and providing praise. This is a simple trick to teach your dog because it will be very easy for him to associate his actions with your command. Just keep at it, like you would with any other trick, and before you know it, you’ll be asking your dog for a kiss and getting a loving smooch in return. Teaching your dog can be a lot of fun if you have patience and are able to dedicate a bit of time each day to reinforce specific commands that will get your dog to do some pretty amazing tricks. In addition to solidifying the fact that you are the alpha in his family, you will also be raising a canine who is under control and respects humans. If you are having difficulty getting your dog to respect you and listen to your commands be sure to educate yourself on leash training your dog so that you can begin by establishing yourself as the alpha when you go out for walks or when you travel together. This will make it easier to teach your dog other commands as he gets older.