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The Best Tricks to Teach Your Puppy From a Young Age
Monday August 8th 2016
Getting a puppy can be an amazing and rewarding experience for you and your family. Along with all the love, hugs and play you will be doing, you will have to implement some structure in the form of socialisation and training. Training your new pup to do ‘fun’ tricks will just be an extension on their new obedience training which you should be giving them. With a bit of patience and practice, it won’t be long until your puppy knows some fun and useful tricks!
Tip: Use food and treats as a reward when you first start the training process…
You can move onto click training if possible, but never use physical punishment to tell them if they’re doing something wrong.
Basic tricks such as ‘sit’ and ‘come’ are a good simple set of commands to start with. These will come in useful during everyday life, for example, when taking your dog out for a walk, making them ‘come’ back to you if they’re of the lead is vital. Once these are mastered, you will be able to move forward with some more impressive ones.
This is one of the most basic commands you’ll teach your dog, so it’s a good place to start. Take one of your dog’s favorite treats and hold it just above their nose. Move your hand up so that they follow the treat and their bottom half lowers. Once they are in the sitting position, give the command ‘sit’ and reward them with affection and giving them the treat. Repeat this process a few times per day until your dog has it perfected. From there, try giving the command at different times throughout the day, such as before you give them their dinner or before you take them for a walk.
‘Come’ is an essential command to teach your dog early on in life, and can help to keep them out of trouble and away from danger. Start by putting them on their lead and give the command ‘come’ whilst gently pulling on the lead until they begin moving towards you. Once they reach you, offer them plenty of affection and a treat, to reinforce the behavior. Once you have achieved this a few times, try practicing without the use of the lead. Your dog will soon learn the meaning of the command, and will ‘come’ without the need for a reward.
High Five (paw)
Make your puppy sit and reward them with a treat.
Next - hold another treat in front of them, but slightly out of reach. Whilst doing so repeat the words ‘high five’… if the puppy raises its foot, immediately catch it and reward it.
Practice doing this, and each time you do, raise the treat higher and higher so that your puppy will raise their paw higher and higher. After some time, you'll be high five-ing your furry pal on command.
Not only is catch a fun thing for both you and your puppy to practice, it can also benefit you practically. Through its life, your pup may need to take medication, supplements or vitamins, and wouldn't it be a bonus if this was a stress free procedure? Simply start with a specific treat such as cheese or cooked meat (something you’ll be able to ‘mould’ later on).
Use a small cube of the treat and practice throwing it up above your puppy so that it has to try to catch it with its mouth. The more you practice this, the better your puppy will get, and after a while they won’t even notice if you sneakily squish a tablet into it. This can also be a fun trick to simply play using their toys.
If your puppy loves the sound of its own voice and ‘sings’ at any chance it gets, then perhaps channeling this energy into a fun party trick is the way forward.
Turn on your party music and encourage your pup to ‘sing’ only while the music is on; If your puppy sings at the right time, reward it, but if your puppy starts to sing when there is no music, do not reward it.
Repeatedly encourage your puppy when the music is playing, and before long your puppy will be the life and soul of any party, and hopefully it will also discourage them from singing whenever they feel like it.
This article was written on behalf of helpucover. helpucover is a trading style of Pinnacle Insurance plc, an insurance company who offers pet insurance.