Every dog lover loves a trained dog. Of course, it helps to have a trained dog when there are people who don’t like dogs near as well.
There are five basic commands and tricks that every dog owner should at least try to teach dogs.
It is extremely important to teach your dog to sit. If a dog doesn’t know how to sit, it is difficult to control. Sitting is a basic command that leads to learning other tricks and commands. To teach your dog this trick, have the dog stand. Some dogs are extremely smart and will sit the minute you say “sit.” However, if the dog does not know how to sit, push gently down on the top of its rear end and say “sit.” If the dog sits, praise it. If it does not, wait for a few seconds, and issue the command “sit” again while pressing down on the top of the dog’s butt.
Lie down is a natural trick to learn from sit. Once the dog has mastered the command “sit,” start teaching it “lie down.” Tell the dog to sit and praise it for completing the trick correctly. Then, tell it to lie down. If the dog lies down, praise it. If the dog does not know how to lie down, place your fingers in front of the dog’s snout, then pull them in a line away from the dog to motion that you want the dog to lie down. If the dog gets up, try petting it while doing this motion. If this does not work, you may have to show the dog “lie down” by doing the trick yourself. Praise the dog every time the trick lie down is properly completed.
When the dog is sitting, tell it to stay. If the dog stays in one spot, praise it, letting it know that it did well. However, if the dog moves, don’t give it any praise. Instead, wait for a few seconds, get it to sit again, and tell it to stay. Once the dog understands that it is not supposed to move, move further from the dog. Issue the command of sit and stay. If the dog stays, praise it. If not, try again. Once the dog stays, praise it. Once the dog gets the idea, keep moving further from the dog and issuing the commands “sit” and then “stay.” Hopefully your dog will stay, but some dogs never seem to learn to stay, either because they like to chase things or never like to leave the sides of their owners.
Of course, if a dog is taught to stay, it needs to learn to come. This command can be taught from stay or it can be taught on its own. Simply issue the command “come” to your dog and wait for it to come. If the dog comes, praise it. If the dog doesn’t come, wait for a few seconds and then issue the command “come.” Keep doing this until the dog learns to come. If the dog never comes, it may need to see an example. It is important that a dog know the command come, especially if it doesn’t know the command stay. This way you can tell the dog to come and you can put the leash on the dog to hold it.
While this trick is not as important as the others, it impresses people when a dog can shake. Start by lifting the paw of the dog when you say “shake.” After a few time of lifting the dog’s paw while saying shake, stop lifting the paw when you give the command shake. If the dog lets you lift its paw and shake it, praise it. If this doesn’t happen, you will need to start again by lifting the paw while saying “shake.” Of course, some dogs never like to shake because they do not like to have their paws touched. If this is the case, do not force the dog to learn to shake.
Now, enjoy the video of my first dog performing tricks that he knew and also being a brat. Perhaps it will give you some ideas for tricks that you want to teach your dog.