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8 Amazing tricks to teach your dog

Yorkshire dog doing a trick advice
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Training your pet to do the basic commands is important, but there are also some tricks that your dog can learn. Not only do they give your dog some mental stimulation but they’re also pretty cool!

By Dawn Parrish

Updated on the 19/12/2019, 15:29

One of the nicest ways to prevent your dog’s life from being boring and monotone is to teach him some amusing tricks. This a brilliant way to form a special bond with your pet and it will stimulate him, both physically and mentally. Above all, it’s essential that he understands and reacts to the simple obedience commands. Once he has conquered the “sit”, “down” and “stay” orders, teaching your pooch other stunts can be really fun.

1. Shaking Paws

Trick of paw shaking for Dog's paw
Teach your dog to shake paws©Unsplash

This has to be the most popular of all the tricks you can teach your dog to do. Certainly, it’s also one of the easiest. It probably takes just a few training sessions to show your dog how to shake hands, or paws in his case. The majority of canines are quite happy to use their paws and will of course, love the extra attention they receive for accomplishing this feat.

2. Walking Backwards

Another trick you can teach your dog is to walk backwards. Training him to do so is a fairly easy task. All you need is a handful of treats and a bit of patience. This routine will certainly come in handy at different times. Tell your dog to “back up” when you need him to let you pass in a narrow space or to let you pass through the door. Likewise, it’s a definite crowd pleaser too.

3. Speaking and Stay Quiet

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This is a fun challenge for your pooch and it can also come in handy too. Some dogs tend to bark excessively, sometimes out of habit. Teach your dog to stay “quiet” and to “speak” at your command, so that your dog will learn to bark only when you instruct him to do so. Above all, it’s quite entertaining to impress your friends with your pet’s conversational talents.

4. Spinning

First of all, guide your dog into a spin, luring him with a treat. Once he has mastered this, teach him how to change direction and spin either to the left or the right, at your command. Your friends will be amazed at this cool trick, not to mention the fact that he knows his left from his right side!

5. Rolling Over

Although it can be initially difficult to teach your dog to roll over, with perseverance and patience it is possible. Approach the training in small stages, by first getting him to roll onto one side, using a treat to guide him. Once he has achieved this, you can then lure him to roll his whole body over. This trick is also the basis for others, like playing dead.

6. Sit and Beg (or Sit pretty)

The success of this trick almost certainly depends on the size and build of your dog. It also depends on his ability to balance on his backside. Because of this, it’s a bit difficult to train some dogs to sit and beg. But there is nothing cuter than observing your dog sitting up and holding his paws out for a treat.

7. Playing Dead

Dog plays dead
Teach your dog the play dead trick©Unsplash

This amazing trick will blow your friends’ minds! You hold your hand to represent the gun and say “bang”. Then your dog rolls onto the floor and plays dead. If you have previously trained your pooch to roll over, it’s not as difficult as you think. Your pals will certainly be impressed.

8. Giving a Kiss

In contrast to some of the more difficult stunts, this is probably one of the easiest tricks to teach your dog. Of course, not everyone loves a sloppy, wet, doggy smooch but children tend to think it’s hilarious. Begin by placing a treat on your cheek, then ask your dog to “kiss”. He will soon pick up the sequence and you will get all the puppy kisses you want. As a result of this trick, you can also train your pet to just kiss when prompted to avoid lots of unwanted licking.

There’s nothing better than training your dog to do some cool actions and tricks. Training actually keeps your best friend’s brain sharp and mentally active. Add a few of these cool tricks to your dog’s repertoire and he will soon be showing off his new skills to everyone! Finally, remember that reward training and positive reinforcement go a long way when teaching your dog to do new things.