Dog's Trick 101!

Lab showing off her Paw Trick

Dog Tricks 101 in this series will focus on 3 common dog's tricks, it is easy to learn them and put it on cue. As Dog Training is the concern, we need to ensure our TRAINING SYSTEM is in the correct order.

Antecedent + Behaviours + Consequences

= Learning

Dog's Tricks are very fun and satisfying skills to acquire. Beside Pet Dog Training is the basis of training, having a side skill is both desirable and honourable.

As a dogs' owner myself, I never stop showing off my dog's skills and having a well-trained dog make me proud and satisfied. Train your dog to be an obedient companion for life.

There is a famous saying: "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" is actually referring to :

Changing longstanding habits or ways, especially in an old person. For example, His grandmother avoids using the microwave oven, you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This expression, alluding to the difficulty of changing one's ways.

However, in the dog's world, this statement is incorrect. All behaviours are modifiable by its consequences.

In this blog, I am only discussing on 3, THREE, very common dog's tricks and how we can learn and teach our dog to perform these tricks.

Paw Shake

In the above video, show a Shiba Inu Puppy, performing a shake paw Trick.

Step 1 - Get your pup in a sit position, Step 2 - Use the hand with treats, place it directly below your pup's mouth, wait for him to bite, dig and eventually paw your hand. The moment he lifts his paw to touch your hand, Mark and Treat. Step 3 - Repeat step 2, till you get a frequent paw action.

Roll Over

In the above video, show a Chow Chow Puppy performing a rollover trick.

Step 1 - Get your pup into a down position, Step 2 - Use the hand with the treats slowly move behind your pup's head from the mouth position. If he follows through by rolling over, Mark & Treat. Step 3 - Repeat step 2, till you get a frequent rollover action.

Weaving around your legs

In the above video, show a Norfolk Terrier performing a weaving through the legs.

Step 1 - Get your pup to sit in front of you, Step 2 - Place your had with the treat behind your left heel, when your move towards your hand, Mark the behaviour, however, you will only release your treat after he has round up to your front. Step 3 - As your release, the food, show your other hand behind your right heel, as your pup moves towards your hand, mark it, by release the treat when you're around him up to your front again. Step 4 - Repeat steps 2 and 3, till you get frequent weaving through your legs in action.

Stay focus and break down to smaller segment if your puppy does not understand your cue.

Most Dog Training Classes will provide many avenue for puppy owners to help their puppy to learn effectively.

Always remember to have fun and stay positive!

Dexter Sim, PUPS Dog Trainer

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