Did you know that numerous tricks are so easy to teach that even your child can teach them to the family dog?
Teaching your dog how to perform various tricks is a fun activity that both you and your child can enjoy. It is also an activity that can help strengthen the bond between your child and your pooch.
Although some tricks are too complex for a child to teach and require the expertise of a professional dog trainer, there are lots of tricks that can be taught to your doggo without proper training and experience.
Make sure though when training you fur babies that you already have dog collars and dog tags, as well as dog leashes as in the training stage there is an element of unpredictability and it is important to keep your puppy or dog safe.
Here are a few cool tricks that your kids can teach your dog:
“Sit” is arguably the simplest trick that you can ask your child to teach to your dog,it’s a trick that offers numerous benefits, including improved dog behaviour.
Start by having your child hold a treat just above the dog’s nose and place their other hand on your dog’s rump. Then, while holding down the dog’s rump, tell your child to move the treat upwards at a slow pace and to repeat the word “sit” the entire time. When your dog sits, give him the treat and the praise that he rightfully deserves. Repeat until you believe that your dog has a firm grasp on the trick. Do it again next week if you have to.
Coming when called is an important basic obedience command that your dog should absolutely learn. Just imagine living in a home where your dog doesn’t come when being called, even when you’re screaming his name at the top of your lungs. Calling him would be a tedious task. And since he doesn’t have a reliable recall, trying to get him to come over in front your friends would probably be a humiliating experience. Luckily, you or your child can teach your dog how to come when called.
Have your dog sit a few feet away from your child. With a tasty treat in hand, tell your child to say “come” in a joyful tone and to add your dog’s name. When the dog does indeed come when called, encourage your child to praise him for being such a good boy. But don’t give him a treat yet after the first successful attempt. Instead, reward him with a treat after several successful tries (at least three). Repeat this several times during the day, and over several days.
Playing fetch is a fun activity that both you and your child can enjoy with your doggo. The problem is, though, that fetching is a trick that doesn’t come naturally for every dog. Some dogs just can’t be bothered to play fetch, some will go fetch the ball but run to a different direction afterwards, and then there are those who will bring the ball back but won’t let go of it without a fight. If your dog is the type who doesn’t know how to play fetch, I know how frustrating it can be. That’s why you and your child should teach him how to play fetch properly.
First, cut a slit in a tennis ball and put some treats inside of it. If a tennis ball is too big for your dog, use a smaller ball made of rubber. To get him interested to play, show him that there are treats inside the ball and give him one as an advanced reward. Then, tell your child to throw the ball. In the first few attempts, instruct your child to run with him and get the ball, and then give him a treat. After several tries, your dog should be able to fetch the ball on his own without your child running together with him. Once your dog knows how to fetch on his own, tell your child to start throwing the ball without giving him a treat. This is to get your dog to stop thinking that fetching is an activity always associated with rewards, and to get him to play fetch without treats in the future.
- Shake Hands
One of the easiest and cutest tricks to teach your dog is the “shake hands”. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed this with your own furry friend, but dogs tend to paw at their owners whenever they want something. You can take advantage of their tendency to do that by teaching them how to shake hands.
From the sitting position, tell your child to lift your dog’s paw using their hands and say with conviction the word “shake”. Instruct your child to repeat this several times, and to praise your dog and give him his favourite treat after each go. A simple “good boy” and a gentle pat on the head should suffice as praise.
After several tries of doing this, your child should put out their hands (without taking the paw) and say “shake” to see if your dog registered the command in his brain. If your dog places his paw on your child’s hand, reward him with his favourite treat, followed by energetic praise coming from you and your child. But if your dog doesn’t hasn’t registered the trick yet, keep on attempting the first few steps until your dog gets it.