We can’t deny that dogs are one of the most adorable creatures on the planet. They love, care and protect you like their life depends on it, if you are a dog owner or you know a dog owner, you’d also agree that dogs are a great part of our lives and we’d feel empty if they ever left. Beyond love and care, dogs are pretty intelligent! They are as smart as an average 2-year-old child with a lot of things to learn. There are so many unique tricks to teach your dog, and they pick up these tricks pretty fast. You’d be amazed.
Teaching your dogs these tricks will create a stronger bond between you and your dog, entertain you and your friends and, make you feel like a dog owner with the smartest dog on the block. You could even try out talent shows together.
5 Basic Tricks to Teach your Dog
If you haven’t taught your dog any trick previously, you’d need to start with easy tricks that will make it easier to learn the more complicated ones. Here are five beginner tricks to teach your dog;
This is usually the first and easiest trick to teach your dog; you still need to give its favorite treat, though. Put its treat in your hand, position your hands right above its nose and raise it a little, then give it its treat. When a dog’s head goes up, it is natural for its rear ends to go down. If your dog jumps instead, do not give it any treat. Hold back for a while, and it’ll sit.
Rolling over seems pretty easy but could get difficult, because some dogs don’t feel comfortable lying on their backs. The easy way to go about this is by putting its favorite treat in your palm and placing it right above its shoulder as you gradually bring your palm closer to the ground, causing your dog to lay down on its side. When it successfully lays on its side, praise it and give it a treat.
When you train more frequently, your dog will lay on its side easily. The next thing to do after that is placing your folded palm past its shoulder to its backbone. This will make it automatically rollover. Don’t forget to give it a treat each time it succeeds.
Fetch is not just one of the many unique tricks to teach your dog. It is also a fun game where you get to play with your dog and exercise at the same time. Getting your dog to fetch whatever toy you’re throwing, bringing it back after throwing or releasing the toy from its grip could be challenging, but practice works. You can make it easier to get your dog to fetch by using a toy it is interested in and calling it back by whistling, clapping your hands, or calling its name. Over time, it’ll get used to this and will fetch anything you throw.
- Shake Hands
Teaching your dog how to shake hands could be cute, and it gets cuter when you train your dogs to shake visitors, family or friends. It gives them a more heart-warming welcome and wow them too. The easiest way to teach your dog how to shake hands is putting its favorite snack folded in your palm and prevent it from using its mouth to reach for it. Dogs usually use their paws to reach for things their mouths can’t reach for. Keep doing this and rewarding your dog anytime it raises its paw, and it’ll learn to shake your hand in no time with or without a snack.
To make it official, say the word “shake” each time you train it to do so. Repeating this word each time it uses its paw to reach for your folded palm helps it learn this trick more quickly.
- Play Dead
This trick is usually more difficult than the above-described tricks and requires more patience and frequent training than usual. Teaching your dog how to play dead is easier when your dog knows how to lie down on its side. Get your dog to lay on its side by placing your folded palm on its shoulder, praise your dog and reward it each time it does so. To get your dog actually to play dead, take some time to praise or reward it, it’ll leave your dog laying on its side longer.
More Complex and Unique Tricks to Teach your Dog
Teaching your dog some complex tricks aren’t just for the fun of it. They come in handy when they are owned by disabled people. Mobility dogs and therapy dogs perform complex and impressive tricks every day that turn out to be helpful. Other complex and unique tricks to teach your dog include;
- Using the toilet and flushing
- Switch the lights on/off
- Open/close door
- Get your dish, bags, and many more.
Teaching your dog these unique tricks is both physically and mentally enriching for your dog and helps you become a better owner and trainer. Always keep the training fun, entertaining, and short for your dog; it might get tired or hate such a trick if you do otherwise. Always bear in mind that little improvements are better than no improvements at all. So, do not punish your dog or feel disappointed if it fails to respond as quickly as you thought it would.