Dogs are one of the most beloved pets out there, but even with all the love and attention they get, sometimes their bad habits can be hard to break.
It can be difficult to know how to deal with these behaviors, but one thing that always helps is teaching them new cool tricks!
In this article, we provide you with 6 cool tricks your pup can learn that will also impress your friends…
Your dog has learned a lot of instructions already, but there are probably some more you might teach him to make him the talk of the town. Now that he knows so many tricks, he will be lot simpler to learn for all these commands.
1. Turn out the lights
Show off your dog’s eco-consciousness to your friends and family. Make sure the light switch is within your dog’s reach by training him to use his hind legs for the trick. If it doesn’t work, you can teach your dog to jump on a table in front of the light switch.
Display a tasty reward next to the light switch and declare, “Turn it off!” Make sure your dog’s paws are touching the top of the switch as he jumps up for the reward, so that when he comes crashing back down, the light will automatically turn off. Give the goodie and some positive feedback.
Once he masters it, you may issue the order from a safe distance. When he leaps up and paws at the switch, toss the goodie close. Give him a lot of verbal kudos for his efforts. In time, he’ll learn the trick without a treat in exchange.
The goal is for your dog to lie down with his head between his paws when given the order “Say your prayers,” “Pray,” or “Say your prayers,” and hear “Awwww! How sweet!”
To get started, have your dog sit and stay in front of you in a chair. Place a snack on the seat in front of you. Tell your dog to “Pray,” then either reward him for staying in “Sit,” or lay both of his paws on the chair.
Give him the “Pray” command after you’ve told him to “Leave it” or “Don’t touch” the goodie. Put the reward in between your dog’s paws, and he’ll use his nose to get it. Say “Amen,” release the command, and then give the reward to your dog while praising him.
If your dog is on the smaller side, or you don’t want to risk it on a chair, a low table is a good alternative. You may help him get his paws under the table if you stand behind him.
Teach your dog this skill while practicing the “Down” command. Grab a reward and get your dog into the “Stay” position. By kneeling in front of your dog and reaching for his front paws, you may teach him the “Bow” command.
When your dog wants a reward, he’ll “bow” to you by lowering his head to the ground. Hone his bowing skills until you can order him to do it from across the room.
If your dog has trouble obeying the “Off” order while he is leaping up on people, this technique may be useful. To channel his boundless energy into something productive, you may try teaching him to dance.
The next time your pet gets enthusiastic and jumps all over you, tell him to “Dance” while gently grabbing and holding his front legs.
This will make him stand on his rear legs. Try to get him to shift his weight slightly to the left or right. Apologize for disturbing him, reward him with a treat, and then set him back down on the floor.
A dog may be taught to sneeze when given the signal. As a hand gesture, you’ll cup your palms over your nose and mouth and shout, “Sneeze!”
Put your dog in the “Sit/Stay” posture while you take a seat. Sneeze, cup your hands around his face, and blow softly into his nose.
Keep blowing until he sneezes, at which point you should praise him and give him a reward. While some dogs may pick up on this trick immediately, others may need more time.
This is a skill that your dog may acquire with practice and persistence from you. Due to the difficulty of this move, prior training in “Speak” and the release word “OK” are prerequisites.
At that moment, you just respond with a number to the question, “What is six, Lacy?” When your dog reaches six, say “OK” to tell her to cease counting.
But there’s a catch: you have to be quick about it. To prevent your dog from barking before you utter the number, you should pair the “What is” command with a subtle indicator.
Make a clear gesture, such a deep nod of your head, when you issue the “Speak” command to begin teaching him. When you deliver the “OK,” release order, be sure to nod your head firmly.
You and your dog will need to put in a lot of work to get to the point where the nods are the only cue for the trick. Once she gets the hang of it, you may become less obvious in your nodding. You and your dog are ready for Broadway when the trick can be performed with the slightest nod.
Teaching your dog cool tricks is both fun and rewarding. Not only will you get the satisfaction of seeing your pup learn something new, but you’ll also have a great way to show off their talents to your friends.
With these six cool tricks for dogs, you can come up with even more unique ways to show off your pup’s skills. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start teaching them some fun new tricks!