Did you know that January is officially National Train Your Dog Month?
Well, we think any month is the right time to start teaching your dog some fun tricks.
Go on, impress your friends, and use up your dog’s energy by teaching him one, or even all of the tricks we’ve highlighted below!
A sure-fire way to impress the kids in your family! Everyone loves a good high five, and in my opinion, it’s way cooler when it comes from your four-legged friend. Not to mention, It’s one of the simplest tricks to teach.
- Take your dog into a quiet area of the house or garden, somewhere free from distraction!
- Place him into a sit position and kneel on the floor in front of him; facing him.
- Using a treat in your left hand, you’re going to let your dog sniff the treat – so he knows what he’s working towards!
- Now, holding your left hand in front of you, move your hand over to the left. This will cause your dog to lean onto his right foot, and release the weight on his left foot – allowing him to pick it up.
- With your right hand, you’re going to gently lift his left paw while concurrently giving him the treat.
- Continue doing this until your dog starts to anticipate the movement, and begins to lift his left paw towards your hand before you even touch his foot.
- The next and final stage to train the full high five is to offer your right hand, palm flat to your dog – provided that you completed the previous steps of training; he should reach out and place his hand on your outstretched hand!
Remember, it’s important not to overdo it with training. Fifteen-minute sessions are shown to be the most effective when training any new command or trick!
There’s a little prep work to do if you want your dog to learn to roll over.
First of all; he needs to learn to lie down!
- Get a lot of treats ready! This is a treat heavy process in the very beginning.
- Take a treat in your right hand; hold it right in front of your dog’s nose as you stand in front of him. Now ask him to lie down, and as soon as he is in a down position you can give him the treat.
- Now that he’s in a down position, you’re going to take another treat and slowly ask him to lie on his right side. The way that we do this is by taking the treat in your right hand and guiding his head back, and towards his left shoulder. This will result in him altering his position to better reach the treat, and hey presto – you just taught him to lie on his side! Don’t forget to give him another treat for this.
- The final stage is the roll over. Once you’ve mastered the steps above, what you’re going to do is, starting from where we left off – use your right hand and guide your pup’s head back towards his left shoulder, and then all of the way around. Be sure to give him the treat once he has rolled all the way over, and not just when he’s reaching over with his head.
Before writing this book, we tested all of the training methods; and this one was by far one of the quickest to teach. Working with two Malinois, we successfully taught them both to roll over within ten minutes. Of course, this is a very smart and active breed; so you may find that it takes a little longer with another breed, but be patient, and you’ll master this fun trick in no time!
Continuous Barking Barking is your dog’s way of communicating. But, when he develops the habit of constant barking, it can be a huge problem for you, and your neighbors!
Some breeds are more predisposed to be barkers, for example; Beagles and Jack Russels!
If you happen to own a breed that are known barkers, there’s no reason that you can’t train them out of this with patience and consistency.
A lot of dog owners are unaware that their dog has a barking problem until a neighbor posts a note through their letterbox. A good way to find out whether your dog has a barking problem is to ask your neighbors how your dog behaves while you’re at work.
If they inform you that your dog does bark while you’re away; more often than not they’ll be so glad that you’ve considered how it affects them; that they’ll be patient in the time needed for training.
The first step is to work out the reason that he continuously barks.
Dogs are very territorial creatures, and when another animal, or human comes into their area – your dog will likely warn the intruder to stay away. Some dogs that are overly protective of their human will be far more prone to aggressive barking outbursts, and while it may seem impossible to stop them – there are multiple ways to discourage this behavior.
You’d be surprised by how much exercise your dog needs; the unfortunate reality is that lots of dog owners don’t provide their dogs with enough physical and mental stimulation; the outcome of this is often behavioral problems.
- SEPARATION ANXIETY
A lot of dogs suffer from separation anxiety; symptoms of this include excessive barking, pacing, and destructive behaviors. As pack animals, dogs just aren’t used to being on their own for
extended periods of time; there are a lot of products available to keep your dog amused while you’re at work, from automatic fetch machines to smartphone operated treat dispensers!
Especially common in puppies and younger dogs, if your dog gets himself worked up during playtime; you’ll hear him exhibiting over excited behaviors including short, and sharp barking.
As tough as a dog may sound when he’s barking, this could be a sign that he’s scared; and trying to defend himself from any potential