Pets & Animals | 14 September 20164 Tricks Every Dog Shoud Know Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Before you can get your dog to master advanced tricks like playing dead, fetching his own leash, or even play a game of hide and go seek with you, they need to start with the easy stuff. There are four simple but important commands that dogs have to know in order to move on to some of the more complex tricks. These tricks will make the time you spend with your dog more enjoyable for the both of you. The first chapter of 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance and Chalcy breaks down each trick into easy to follow, step by step instructions. 1. Sit The most popular command that every dog will hear countless times a day. You can start training your dog at a young age with this easy command and often times you’ll be able to see improvement in less than a week. Here are step by step instruction to teaching this vital command. Stand or kneel in front of your dog, holding a treat in your hand a little higher than your dog’s head. Slowly move the treat straight back over your dog’s head. This should cause his nose to point up and his rear to drop. If his rear does not drop, keep moving the treat straight backward toward his tail. The instant his rear touches the floor, release the treat and mark the behavior by saying “good sit!” If your dog is not responding to the food lure, use your index finger and thumb to put pressure on either side of his haunches, just forward of his hip bones. Pull up on his leash at the same time to rock him back into a sit. Praise and reward him while he is sitting. Once your dog is consistently sitting, wait a few seconds before rewarding. Remember to only reward while your dog is in the correct position—sitting. 2. Down Down is another commnd that is can be mastered by dogs of all ages. This command is important as it can help prevent serious incidents like an unsafe crossing of roads. Try the step by step instructions to teach your dog the down command. With your dog sitting facing you, hold a treat to his nose and lower it slowly to the floor. If you’re lucky, your dog will follow the treat with his nose and lie down, at which time you can release the treat and praise him. Remember to only release the treat while your dog is in the correct position—lying down. If your dog slouches instead of lying down, slide the treat slowly toward him on the floor between his front paws or away from him. It may take a little time but your dog should eventually lie down. If your dog is not responding to the food lure, put slight pressure on his shoulder blade, pushing down and to the side. Praise your dog when he drops to the floor. It is always preferable to coax the dog to position himself without your physical manipulation. Once your dog is consistently lying down, gradually delay the release of the treat. With your dog lying down, say “wait, wait” and then “good” and release the treat. Varying the time before treating will keep your dog focused. The dog should not move from the down position until you have given your release word, “OK!” 3. Stay This command is going to require your tone and body language to be firm and consistent. If you can do that your dog will get the stay command in only a couple of sessions. Start with your dog sitting or lying down, as he is less likely to move from these positions. Use a leash to guarantee control. Stand directly in front of him and in a serious tone, say “stay,” holding your palm flat, almost touching his nose. Move a short distance away, keeping eye contact with your dog, and return to him. Praise him with “good stay” and give him a treat. Be sure to give the praise and treat while your dog remains in the seated and staying position. If your dog moves from his stay before you have released him, gently but firmly put him back in the spot where he was originally told to stay. Gradually increase the time you ask your dog to stay, as well as the distance between yourselves. You want your dog to be successful so if he is breaking his stays, go back to a time and distance he is able to achieve. 4. Come A dog is able to learn the meaning of come very quickly, but the practice and enforcement of it as a command should continue past the training. With your dog on a 6′ (1.8 m) lead, command him to “come” and reel him quickly in to you, where he will be praised. Your command should sound happy, but firm. Give the command only once. As your dog improves, graduate to a longer lead. When you are ready to practice off-lead, do it in a fenced area. Let your dog drag a leash. If he does not obey your first command, go to him and firmly lead him back to the spot where you gave the command. Do not give a reward if the dog does not perform the command on his own, the first time you call. Put the long lead back on him and require him to do five successful “comes” before attempting off-lead again. Buy from an Online Retailer US: International bestseller in 18 languages with over a half-million copies sold worldwide! This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy to follow color photos of each step. Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and trouble-shooting boxes cover common problems, while “build-on” ideas suggest more complicated tricks which build on each new skill. Tricks range from simple ones like Sit, Shake Hands, Fetch, and Roll Over, to extraordinary ones like Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toybox, and Get a Soda from the Fridge. Millions of people have found success with Kyra Sundance’s step-by-step techniques and you can too. Trick training will help you bond with your dog and integrate him into your family. Tricks keep him mentally and physically challenged and help to establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work. 101 Dog Tricks will inspire you to do more with your dog! Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.