Dog Tricks Training :15 Amazing Dog Tricks

Dog Tricks: How To Teach Your Dog Fun Tricks Today

Training your dog is a fantastic way to not only teach your dog new things, but to strengthen the bond you share.

Dogs have very active brains and they love to learn new things. Recent studies have shown that dogs who continue to learn new things throughout their lives tend to live longer.

The hard part for owners is often they don't know how to keep teaching tricks and most books out there only cover the basics.

Once you go beyond, sit, stay, lay, heel, shake and come it can be hard to know where else to go.

This guide will give you unique and creative tricks that will keep you and your dog busy learning and bonding for a long time to come.

Chapter 1: Basics Fun Tricks

Our wonderful four legged friends often provide us with unconditional love, a shoulder when we need it and of course hours of entertainment.

They give us so much it can be hard to know what to give back to them. Of course, making sure they have food, water and love is the top of the list, but keeping them mentally stimulated is also part of the job.

Mentally stimulated dogs are happier and they truly enjoy the time with their owners.Dogs want to please their humans and getting a trick right gives them the knowledge of knowing that they have made you happy.

In this chapter we will build on the foundation you already have with your dog.Tricks work best when you build a new trick on the action of an already known trick.

#1 Trick: The High Five

This trick builds on the already used action of shake. It is a fun trick and one that will make kids really enjoy spending time with your dog.This can come in handy if you are around a child that is unsure about a dog.

When you are able to diffuse the situation with a trick it makes everyone happy and less stressed out. This is also an incredibly simple trick to teach.

How to teach it:

Step 1: Take your dog into the sitting position and give him a small training treat reward once he is sitting.

Step 2: Ask him to shake and give him another small training treat.

Step 3: Hold a training treat out in front of him so that it is just outside of his reach.

Step 4: With the treat in position give the command High five. While you are saying the command, you will gently give a tap to the foot that your dog uses as a dominant foot.

Once he lifts his foot towards the treat (something most dogs do out of instinct) you want to catch the raised foot with your free hand.The moment your dog makes contact with you give him the reward and the praise party.

Step 5: Repeat the command and catch then reward process as many times as you need until your dog begins to raise his foot up automatically once you give the command.

Pro tip: Some dogs might need a little more encouragement with the process of learning tricks, like people dogs learn differently and that is okay.

If he doesn't pick his foot up on his own during the training, pick it up for him and touch the inside of his knee gently until he bends the leg on his own.

Some dogs will be able to give a high five without ever sitting down once they get good enough at it. However, most dogs will need you to put them into sit before you give the command because of balance issues.

#2 Trick: Kiss Kiss

Many dogs will give you kisses of their own according. Others will even kiss you on command, but this is often a saliva filled face wash.This trick aims to let them be more subtle kiss that will be gentle and as dog drool free as possible.

How to teach it:

Step 1: Holding the training treat out just in front of your face you will then give your dog the command to Kiss. As you say it, offer one of your cheeks to your dog.

Step 2: Once he touches the cheek with just your nose you will want to pull away and then give him the reward and have the praise party.Pulling away like that ensures that your dog doesn't have a chance to lick you but is still giving you a kiss.

Step 3: Repeat the process until your dog has it will just the command you don't have to give him your cheek.It shouldn't take too long for your dog to get this one, and it is a great tool to use if you have a dog that accidentally nips at you when overly excited.

Pro tip: While this is a fantastic trick for any dog to learn you should take a little caution if you have a large breed dog.Large breed dogs don't mean to but sometimes they are a little forceful when it comes to contact like this and you might accidentally get a head butt.

Also, if you have a dog that gets excited about things don't let small children to this trick until you know that he will be calm about it.Once your dog has this trick down well, you can take it even further.

You can teach them to give kisses to other people or dogs by just pointing to that person and giving the command.When you first taking it to a new level you may have to supply the target person with a treat so that your dog understands exactly what you want him to do.

#3 Trick: Water Fetch

This is another fantastic trick that will allow you to build up on the game of fetch that you may already have going.Water fetch is perfect if you live in an area that has high temperatures in the summer or year round.

You can play and your best friend can keep cool.This should also go without saying, but you should make sure that your dog knows how to swim before you teach this trick, some breeds aren't naturals at it.

Some breeds like basset hounds could even be more comfortable having a life jacket for water play time.

How to teach it:

Step 1: Get into the water and encourage your dog to come to you if he is not used to water. Give him a little chance to get used to it and be with you.

Step 2: Get back out and start throwing their chosen fetch toy into the shallow area of the water. If your dog likes balls use them if he prefers sticks go for the stick.You want your dog to be motivated to go after the item in the water. Once he retrieves it in the shallow part of the water you will want to give him all kinds of praise and give a treat.

Step 3: Continue to repeat the shallow water fetch as many times as it takes for your dog just to jump into the water and go happily after the treat.

Step 4: As you see your dog is getting more comfortable you will start throwing the item farther out into the water.Make sure when you play water fetch that you keep an eye on your dogs energy. You don't want to push him too hard or let him get too tired, a workout is great, but getting so tired they can't swim back is a bad idea.

Pro tip: If you aren't enough to coax your dog out into the water the first time, bring a friend.Dog's are pack animals and they tend to feel more comfortable about a new skill if they see another dog doing it before they do.

So if you have a friend with a water loving dog, don't be afraid to phone a friend.

#4 Trick: Backwards walk

Teaching a dog to walk backwards is actually a very important thing for them to learn.It is a skill that can help if you need your dog to move away from something dangerous, or to get them into position at the vet.

Tricks are great, but basic commands that can help you in situations are also very important to teach.

How to teach it:

Step 1: Call your dog to you and command him to stay.

Step 2: Once you know that your dog is staying take several steps backwards. Then give the simple command back, and move towards your dog. As you approach repeat the command.

Step 3: Many dogs will back up on instinct when you start coming towards them, if your dog does that reward him then and do the praise party.

Step 4: If your dog does not back up on instinct, you will gently use your legs to put a little pressure on him so that he will back up. Once he takes a step back give him the reward and praise.

Step 5: Repeat the method that works for your dog until they are doing it with only the command.

Pro tip: If you have a dog that does not particularly respond to pressure being placed on him, you can try to get him to respond by holding a treat slightly over and behind his head. This can often get him to finally take that step back and once he does its time to give him the treat and lots of praise.

If you have a dog that might prefer to turn around instead of walking back you can try working this trick in a narrow space. A hallway often works well or between two parked cars in a garage.

The key is to take away the choices for your dog to do anything but what you would like them to do.These are all the basic tricks that you can build on top of the fundamentals of training.

In the next Chapter it is time to tackle some tricks that will take a little more time and effort, but are just as fun and enjoyable for both of you.

Chapter 2: Intermediate tricks

Once your dog is solid in the basic tricks and their fundamental training you will be able to make your dog do more creative and fun things.

Intermediate level tricks are fantastic for keeping your dog active and many of them can be used for conditioning of dogs that like to do things like agility.

#5 Trick: The Slalom poles

Slalom is a trick that you may have seen before and not just for the winter Olympics. Agility is a sport that is picking up popularity and is a great way for dog and owner to bond together and stay fit.

This is part of the agility course so you can teach this as part of training or as something you would just like them to know how to do with you.

How to teach it:

It is important to note when you first teach this trick you should use special poles built for use with dogs. They are softer and more flexible, they will bend if your dog runs right into them.

Step 1: Start with four poles, holding out a treat you should keep it directly in front of your dogs nose. Encourage him to follow the treat as you slowly move between the poles with it.

Step 2: As your dog goes through the poles you will want to reward him and give him a lot of praise for once he gets to the end.

Step 3: Gradually add more poles in as your dog starts to get more comfortable. The maximum number should be anywhere from 10 poles to 15 poles.

Step 4: Keep repeating until your dog is happy to do the poles with you running along side him.

Pro tip: You need to make sure before you start training on this set of poles you keep the poles an even distance apart.

This allows your dog to judge his own movements easily and correctly. To be accurate you should use a tape measure to make sure everything is set up right.

The better your dog gets at this, the faster you can go and you can slowly put the poles closer together in order to make the movements sharper and more agile.

If you move beyond the standard dog proper poles and use something more solid always be careful of your dogs speed.

#6 Trick: Put your toys away

This is a fun trick to teach because it is not only fun and something that can bond you, but it aids in keeping things cleaner around the house.

Every dog owner knows that sometimes, you can end up with a lot of toys all over the place.If you have a basket your dog likely already goes over and takes the toys out, but putting them back in is something completely different.

Step 1: Pull the container you keep your dogs toys in front of you as you sit on the ground. Toss one toy to the other side of the room. When your dog chases it down, you will then put a treat over the toy box.

Step 2: Call your dog back to you. If he drops the toy before he gets to you, put the treat away and tell him to fetch.

Step 3: Once he gets to you with the toy, command your dog to drop it or release, into the box. As soon as he does give him the treat and a lot of praise.

Step 4: Repeat this process until he can do it without seeing the treat.

Pro tip: Be patient when you are teaching this one, it can take every dog a little bit of time to learn what you want with this trick.

Once they get it, however, it tends to stick with them and can be a lot of fun for the both of you.When the trick is really down pat, you can just point to the box and your pup should put his own toys away so you don't have to pick them up.

#7 Trick: Doors

Helper dogs or service dogs are often taught to do things that help their humans such as opening doors. This is, however, not just limited to helper dogs.

If you would like your dog to open or close a door for you then you can teach them this trick and watch them have fun with it.

Step 1: Attach some kind of tug to the door you want your dog to open. A cloth, a bit of rope or a tug toy that has loops will work well.

This allows them to open and close the door without the added stress of too much jumping. This also ensures they won't open any door they feel like and will only open ones that have ties on them.

Step 2: Go to the door and encourage your dog to grab onto the rope at the door and tug it. If you have a door that has a knob you will want to have the door open slightly first, otherwise let them tug.

Once he starts tugging on the rope praise him and encourage him to keep on tugging.

Step 3: Once the door is completely opened give your dog the treat and more praise.

You never want to give the treat before the door is all the way open because you will distract him from what you really want him to do.

Step 4: Repeat the process until he has it down pat.

Step 5: Repeat the process in reverse to allow your dog to pull the door closed, or you can have him jump on the door to close it. Reward and praise.

Pro tip: If your dog is not great with tugging, you can encourage him by putting a little treat on the rope to make him want to interact with it, a small tiny bit of peanut butter works well.

Be careful not to put too much peanut butter on the rope or your dog will only focus on that and nothing else for the duration of training.

#8 Trick: Prayer time

Many people love teaching their dog how to say their prayers. It is a cute trick that amuses younger children and adults as well, it often helps put people at their ease.

Step 1: Bring your dog to you and ask him to sit in front of you.

Step 2: If your dog doesn't know shake or give paw you will want to make sure that he knows how to give you his paw before starting this trick.

With your dog sitting in front of you have him give him a paw and encourage him to also give you the second paw. Once you have both paws up reward him and praise him greatly.

Step 3: The next part of the trick involves having him place his paws on your forearm and balancing there. Once he does this you will again treat and praise him greatly.

This part can take a little bit of patience, not all dogs feel comfortable leaning on their person. But if you keep encouraging and giving praise they will get it right.

Step 4: Once you have both paws on your forearm mastered, you will move into the second part of this trick.

Command your dog to place his hands on your arm, then using a treat hold it out in front of his nose.

Slowly move the treat down under your arm so that your dog's head will drop down as well, keep going until he places his head between your paws and slightly under your arm. Once he does this, give him the treat and praise him a lot.

Step 5: Repeat until your dog has it mastered.

Pro tip: Some dogs will try to take their paws off your arm when you start moving the treat.

If your dog does this, simply start over again from the beginning of the trick. If your dog has his paws set oddly on your arm you can adjust them as well, eventually he will place them in the right place.

#9 Trick: Singing with you

Some dogs will naturally sing along when you walk or talk with them and its great if you can get them to do it on command. Other dogs will need a little more encouragement, but both types of dogs can learn this fun trick.

You should be warned, however if you live in an apartment or very close neighbors you might want to take care in teaching this noisy trick.

Step 1: The best way to start this trick is to play with different songs and see which ones your dog is more likely to respond to.

Dogs may not listen to music the way we do, but they do listen and respond to things in different ways. Once you find one that seems to hold your dog's interest it is time to start being the pack leader.

Step 2: As pack leader it is your time to lead by example in teaching this trick. Once you have settled on a song you can encourage your dog to start singing along by howling yourself.

For some dogs this one bit of encouragement is all they will need.

Step 3: When your dog starts making noise, be it barking or be it howling along with the music hand out the reward and praise.

Step 4: Repeat until your dog is doing it by command or just when they hear the song.

Pro tip: You will want to make sure that you keep this to a small selection of songs. If you add to many in you will be encouraging your dog to make noise anytime they hear music. The idea, of course, is to have them do it on command, not whenever they want to.

Some dogs can actually keep pretty good time to the music once they learn. Husky's tend to be very good at this and unique because they have a very unique yodel compared to a true howl.

This is the end of the intermediate tricks and by now you will probably be having a great deal of fun with your dog.

Your bond should be truly strengthening by now and the relationship should be flourishing. In the next chapter it is time to tackle advanced tricks.

Chapter 3: Advanced tricks

When you are ready to start with advanced tricks, make sure that you are realistic with your goals.

These are complex tricks and it will take more than one day to get them right. So be patient with your dog and with yourself. If you do that everything will go smoothly.

#10 Trick: Peek-a-boo

This is a fun crowd pleaser that is sure to make any of your guests giggle. Another great way to help someone feel more comfortable with a dog that they may be slightly nervous around.

Step 1: Have your dog sit in front of you and give you his paw to start this trick. Once you have the paw, put a gentle but firm hold on it and then gently raise the paw up so it goes over his eye.

As you do this give the peek-a-boo command and give him a treat right away with a lot of praise.

Step 2: Repeat the process until your dog starts putting his paw up all on his own.

Step 3: This trick is often easier with one paw. But if you want to teach a two paw peek-a-boo have your dog lay and train with the other paw the same as you did the first.

Then both. Be patient, this is not natural for most dogs and it will take some time.

Pro tip: Some dogs learn better when you touch them in a certain place instead of trying to force them. If you have a dog like that tape their nose, and then near their eye until they get the desired movement going. Once they do, you will reward them and give them a lot of praise.

#11 Trick: The Dance

Dancing is a popular trick for little dogs. You will see countless small dogs on shows doing cute little dances.

Any dog can learn how to do this, however it is about learning how to keep balance. With that said if your dog is overweight or has joint issues of any kind this is not a recommended trick.

Step 1: Have your dog sit in front of you and then hold a treat above his head in order to get him up. You can use your preferred command for this part, be it Up or Dance.

Repeat this several times until he will rise up with just the command. To make it easier at first you might need to not only hold the treat up but back slightly.

Step 2: Give your dog time to get balance when up on paws with this trick. You can help him learn his balance by offering your hand for balance.

Once he has a center of balance you can move on to the next part of the trick.

Step 3: Once your dog has up and balance you will hold the treat in front of his nose and then slowly move it around his head until he follows it.

It will often take larger breed dogs a little while to be secure in this, they will turn and be a little unsteady at first. Just be patient and slow with them.

Step 4: Repeat the steps until your dog will go up and circle with only the command.

Pro tip: The most important thing here is to remember that you need to be slow and steady with this trick.

It can be hard to stay patient when you want to hurry up and have them learn a trick, but patience is key, especially if you want to keep your dog safe and without injury.

#12 Trick: Throw garbage away

This is something that is often taught again to service animals, but it can come in handy to anyone. It is important that you make sure your dog only does this with you and on command.

This will ensure that your dog never picks up anything that could be harmful to them.

Step 1: Have your dog come and sit in front of you. Take a piece of relatively clean trash, plastic bottles work well for this. Set the trash down and command your dog to stay as you back up a few steps.

Step 2: Point to the bottle and give the command along with come. You may need to put a little bit of peanut butter or something else on the bottle to encourage the dog at first.

Once he comes to you with the trash item, give him a reward and praise him.

Step 3: Repeat the process until you don't need anything extra to encourage him to pick up the trash and so he is coming on command.

Step 4: Add in a trash can or bag at this stage. Keep it with you and point to the can or bag. This should be an easy connection if you have already taught your dog to put his toys away.

Give the reward and praise when he puts the trash in the can.

Step 5: Repeat the process until your dog is doing it just on command.

Pro tip: Remember to make sure your dog does this only on command. This is truly the most important part of teaching this trick. Whatever you do, don't ever let your dog pick up random trash from the street.

#13 Trick: Salute

This is a wonderful trick if you have active military or veterans in your family. It is a nice way to give a tribute to those members of your family or community with the added twist of cuteness.

Step 1: Bring your dog to sit in front of you. Once your dog is sitting give a small treat to get him ready to learn another trick.

Step 2: Gently put a small post it over one of your dog's eyes. This will cause him to automatically bring his paw up over his eye to remove the post it.

As soon as he brings his paw up and slightly over his eye, you will want to treat him and give him a lot of praise.

Step 3: Repeat the last step until your dog no longer needs the post it.

Pro tip: Be patient with this trick as well as others. Another fun way to let your dog have more fun with this, or even learn faster depending on the dog is to salute them.

There are some dogs who will learn the trick by copying what you do. Make sure that you give a basic salute command and nothing fancy.

There was once a man who taught his dog to salute, giving the command Heil Hitler, that caused a lot of problems.

Now that your dog is firmly placed in the advanced trick area, it is time to hit the most advanced tricks that can really be great at a party.

Chapter 4: Party tricks

If you want to make your dog YouTube famous, or just make friends laugh and clap these are the tricks that will do it.

These are advanced tricks and might not be for everyone. If your dog doesn't like some of these tricks, don't force them.

#14 The Trick: Skateboarding

This is a trick that a lot of people enjoying seeing. If you look on YouTube you will see a lot of famous skateboarding dogs. It is a crowd favorite.

Just remember to be patient, gentle and careful when you set out to teach this trick. This works best for small dogs, but larger breeds can learn too.

Step 1: First get your dog used to seeing and hearing the skateboard. It is an odd thing to a dog and sometimes the noise it makes can make them nervous.

So just take your time and let them get used to the sound, smell and look of it.

Step 2: Once they are used to it you will want to get them used to standing on it. Place the skateboard on carpet and encourage him to stand on it. Once he does reward and praise him.

Repeat this process until he is comfortable and happy to stand on the board.

Step 3: Once your dog is used to standing on the skateboard. You will want to move it gently on the carpeted floor so it doesn't go fast.

Reward and praise him before he gets nervous and gets off the skateboard. Repeat this process until your dog is happy being scooted on the board.

Step 4: Time to go outside and give the command to get on the board. Give a little test scoot and reward. This is a new area and it can be a little faster so again get him comfortable with this process.

Step 5: Once your dog is comfortable going forward and back with your help, you can take one paw and push it on the ground. Once you do this reward and treat your dog.

Repeat this until your dog is giving himself a little push without you needing to guide his foot.

Pro tip: This is a hard trick, the key is staying calm while you work with your dog on this one.

Some dogs just won't like it no matter how much you do to help them. If your dog doesn't like it at all, you may have to think about not doing this trick because your dog could hurt himself.

#15 Trick: The Handstand

This is another trick that is most suited for small dogs. However, you will see that larger dogs can do it, if you are willing to give them a chance to learn their balance.

Like dancing, however, if your dog has any joint or pain problems, this is not a good party trick for them to learn.

Step 1: Help your dog build up the right muscles for this trick, this part is very important, especially if your dog is a larger breed.

They need the muscles to support themselves and not get injured. In order to help build these muscles have your dog stand near a wall.

Step 2: Place a book or small block on the ground and have your dog put his back legs on it. Reward and treat when he stands calmly. Repeat this process until he is comfortable with the process.

Step 3: Slowly raise up the number of books or solid blocks that you can.

Do this process repeatedly over a long period of time. This helps them get comfortable and build up the muscles needed.

This can take several months. You will build the books or blocks up until they are at the height of your dogs back legs.

Step 4: You will know when it is time to move forward when your dog can easily get himself up without any help or encouragement and seems comfortable with the process.

Step 5: Gently put your dog's feet on the wall with many rewards and praise as you do so. This is not natural to them so it can take time for them to get used to it.

You will keep repeating the process until your dog is comfortable. You can't move to the next step until he is comfortable.

Step 6: You will know your dog is ready to go when he walks to the wall and puts his legs up on command.

Once he is up on the wall with no difficulty and is happy, you will hold the treat out front and encourage him to move from the wall.

When he makes even the smallest step forward reward and praise. Patience again comes to play here, it is an important part of learning this trick.

Also know you may need to help your dog by putting a hand on his stomach so he knows where to keep his balance at first.

Step 7: Keep repeating this until your dog can do the handstand on his own and without the wall.

There you have some fun party tricks that you will enjoy doing with your dog. While you teach don't forget to have fun. The entire point of the process of teaching more tricks is to have fun and bond with your dog.

Once you finish with these tricks you will have an impressive catalog of tricks to do with your dog.

There is no doubt you will see how much fun your dog is having at the end of this. You can even have fun by making up your own tricks.

Many dogs develop natural behaviors over time on their own, ones you can use to teach them new tricks. You will see your dog engaging and happy to be mentally stimulated.

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