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5 Tricks Your Dog Needs To Know

Posted by bravectosouthafrica - 30 November 2017

Topics covered in this article:

1. Shake Hands
2. Fetch
3. Roll Over
4. Sit Pretty
5. Hug

1. Shake Hands

The “Shake Hands” trick is definitely one of the cuter tricks your pup can learn. It is quite simple and is actually one of the easiest tricks to teach. The secret is that your dog will already naturally paw at you if he wants something. When you present a fisted hand with treats inside, your dog will be compelled to paw at your hand since they can’t get the treats with their mouth.

Once they continue to paw, begin to use the command “Shake” and after repeating it several times, your dog is sure to learn a brand new trick.

2. Fetch

While fetch is a classic game, for some dogs it’s a trick that doesn’t come naturally. It can become pretty frustrating when your dog won’t cooperate at play time. Some dogs are disinterested in the toy and don’t even want to try, some will go fetch the toy but not bring it back, and then there are the stubborn dogs who bring the toy back but then won’t let go.

3. Roll Over

At first “Roll Over” may seem like a difficult trick to attempt, but in the long run it is incredibly straightforward. All this trick demands is repetition. The more you do it, the better your dog will get.

Make sure you precisely lead your dog through each step and before you know it, your friends will be asking you to teach their dogs for them!

4. Sit Pretty

Making your dog “Sit Pretty” isn’t just fun because it gives you the chance to take cute pictures of your pup to post to Instagram, but it’s also a great exercise for your dog. Making your dog strike an adorable pose helps with your dog’s balance and can build core muscles.

However, make sure your dog is healthy for this trick because it can strain dogs with pre-existing conditions.

5. Hug

While you can always just give your dog a hug, this trick is neat because your dog will actually put their paws around you and hug you back. Who wouldn’t want to learn this adorable trick? If you want to master this heart-warming hug just remember to be understanding to the pace at which your dog learns.

Also, keep in mind that it is a bit simpler for your dog to learn this trick if they already know “Sit Pretty,” but otherwise it is still very manageable.

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