Dog tricks can be a lot of fun for both the dog and his owner. Your dog can easily learn them so as to amuse you and your friends. Some of these tricks are more fun than others though. For instance, did you know that you can teach your dog to yawn on command? This is easy to do. Anytime you catch your dog yawning naturally you simply say, “yawn” and then make a fuss over him. Over time he will then learn how to yawn on command. Now only will this make you feel great for having taught him a trick but it can also bring some laughs along with it.
Another trick that is based upon your dog’s instincts is “dig” or “find treasure.” Since your dog digs instinctually you can easily teach him to do it on command and provide lots of fun for both of you. Simply place a few treats underneath of a small towel then encourage him to paw the towel off. As soon as he does so you need to praise him. While this can be a cute, fun trick you might not want to teach it to your dog if he is a big fan of tearing up your garden since this may only help to encourage the behavior.
You can also teach your dog how to play hide and seek with you. This is a great way to interact with your dog in a way that is different and fun. To do this your dog will first need to know the “sit” and “wait” commands. Place him in this position then have someone hide. Now tell your dog to go find the person. Of course, this does need to be a person that your dog is familiar with, which is why it should probably be a family member. Nevertheless, this can be a lot of fun for everyone.
While these dog tricks are a bit advanced, there are some that are a bit more common. Oftentimes you will see dogs who can jump through a hula-hoop or play catch with either a ball or a Frisbee. These tricks are a great way to have some fun interacting with your dog. They can also be a lot of fun for onlookers to watch. You may actually want to start with these types of tricks since they are easier for your dog to learn than some of the more advanced tricks that you can then work your way up to.
The key to teaching your dog how to do any of these tricks is to learn what actually motivates him. This could be a toy, a treat or some verbal praise from you, his owner. Once you know this you will be able to teach your dog any trick imaginable. Just make sure that learning and performing tricks is something that both you and your dog enjoy. If it’s not any fun for you or him, then there’s no reason to do it. After all, there are plenty of other great tricks that you will be able to do together instead.
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