Dogs are the best! They are always happy to see us, and they are always excited to learn new tricks. Teaching your dog new tricks can be a fun way to bond with them, and it can also help keep them mentally and physically stimulated.
Here are five tricks that you can teach your dog. These tricks will keep your pup entertained and engaged, which is essential for a happy, healthy dog.
- Roll Over
This is a very simple trick to teach your dog. First, lure them into the sitting position with a treat and then slowly move their paw up to your hand. As they do this, say "roll over." When they roll over, give them a treat and lots of praise. Soon, your dog will not hesitate to sit roll on command!
- High Five
This is another very easy trick to teach your dog. Start by getting your pup excited about doing tricks. Use a treat to lure them into the sitting position, then slowly raise one of their paws towards you while saying "high five." Most dogs are eager for treats and praise so they'll likely lift up the paw on their own. Repeat the process until they get it right, and soon you'll have a dog that can give a high five on command.
- Play Dead
This is another trick that requires your pup to sit still before moving into position for playtime. First, bring out their favourite toy or ball while saying "sit." When they sit, put the toy away and say "play dead." Hold a treat in front of their nose and slowly move it down towards the floor. As they follow the treat with their nose, use your hand to push them gently onto their side. Eventually, they will understand that playtime is over when you ask them to play dead.
This classic game is a great way to get your dog moving and burning off some energy. Start by throwing the toy a short distance away and saying "fetch." As your pup runs after the toy, praise them and give them a treat when they bring it back to you. Gradually increase the distance of the throws, and your dog will soon fetch on command!
This trick is easy to teach if you have a willing pup. Start by getting them excited about tricks and then lure them into the sitting position with a treat. Once they are sitting, hold their paw in one of yours and say "paw." Give them a treat and lots of praise when they lift their paw up. Repeat the process until they get it right, and soon you'll have a dog that can give you a high five or shake your hand!
These are just some tricks to get you started. Be creative and come up with your own tricks to keep your dog entertained and happy. And always be sure to praise them when they do something correctly – dogs love attention and positive reinforcement. Have fun with your pup!