Step by Step Tricks for Your New Sidekick

Read and Watch a few instructions on how to teach your dog these four basic tricks. Each will bring you closer to your pet and help you furry friend to be obedient and well behaved.

Sit

Step 1: Say “Sit” and gently push down on the back end of the dog at the same time. Step 2: Repeat a few times until the dog sits. Step 3: Reward the dog for sitting. Step 4: Continue with this training until the dog sits on its own. Step 1: Say “sit” and hold a treat (or if your dog is very curious, pretend to hold something) just above the nose. Step 2: When the dog has to tilt his head up to your hand, he will sit to make it easier to look up. The position of the hand is very important- not too high or he will jump and not too low or he will snatch the treat. Step 3: When the dog sits, give him the treat or pet him and say “good dog!” Step 4: If he doesn’t sit right away try holding your hand in a position that is more awkward for your dog to see standing up. You might put your hand a little higher or when the nose of the dog gets close to your fingers, tilt your fingers inward and away from the nose.

Shake Hands

Step 1: Your dog has to be sitting to do this trick. Step 2: Pick up one of the front paws and say “paw,” or any command word(s) you like (i.e. “shake hands”). Step 3: Reinforce this behavior by petting the dog on the head and say “good dog!” Step 4: Continue this action with the dog, but eventually instead of picking up a paw, put your hand out in front of the paw and say the command word. You may need to tap the paw that you would like or even pick up the paw after a few attempts to help the dog learn. Step 5: Once the dog does the trick, give him/her an especially enthusiastic pet on the head and “good dog!”

Stay

Step 1: Get your dog to sit. Make sure he’s not overly excited during training time. Step 2: Put your index finger/open palm in front of the dog’s face, almost as if to say “no.” Say “stay” and give eye contact that shows you mean business. Step 3: Start to back up just a few steps. Step 4: If the dog stays sitting, reward him/her. “Good dog!” If not, continue, but be patient. Step 5: Start stepping back further distances once the dog understands to stay for a short time.

Walk on a Leash

This is one area of training that varies greatly from dog to dog. Step 1: Get a proper collar and leash. Try to find one that suits your dog’s particular behaviors and needs. (This step is essential; you might consider going to your local pet store and asking for advice on the suitable collar and leash) Step 2: Learn the correct body language for yourself since the dog is following you. Step 3: Be patient! This is the most difficult trick on this page. To help, here are a few links on walking dogs: canismajor.com dog-training-tricks.com