When it comes to training dogs, you usually teach them everyday commands such as sit, lay down and roll over. If that’s all your dog really needs to know, then there’s no reason to teach them more stuff. But some dogs just love learning new tricks. In fact, they live for it. Certain dogs are just better at learning tricks, and can often pick things up almost instantly.
Teaching your dog extra tricks is also a wonderful way to strengthen your bond, and it will help to make them generally more obedient. Also, if you have a dog with bags of energy, then doing regular training sessions to learn new tricks will help to tire them out.
Learning tricks provides some much needed mental stimulation for dogs. There are some tricks that are simply a cut above the rest, these are the really cool tricks that you can show off to your friends, or post on Fido’s Instagram page.
A few things to keep in mind
Don’t force your dog to learn more complicated tricks if they aren’t interested, or struggle with the basics. Dogs who don’t want to learn tricks will just switch off and show you that you’re wasting your time.
Even with the smartest of pooches, learning new tricks can be very tiring. Give your dog lots of breaks and if they start to get distracted, accept defeat and recognise that they might need some time out. Only teach tricks that your pup is comfortable doing.
Figure out what it is that motivates your dog and this will really improve their training. Does your pooch prefer treats, toys or strokes? What’s their absolute favourite toy? If they are highly motivated by food, try and figure which treats they will work the hardest for. You might want to try and choose a healthy treat if you are going to be using it a lot for training, or Fido might get a bit over weight!
One of the coolest tricks around by far. This is where you say something like ‘band’ and your dog drops down to the floor, lays down and plays dead. It’s very entertaining and definitely one to impress your friends.
Did you know there are actually dog surfing competitions around the world? It seems some dogs just love to surf. It’s also not as difficult as it looks for pooches. Only teach your dog to surf if they are happy in the water and a strong swimmer.
This trick is just so darn cute. You know when your dog rubs their front paws over their eyes and nose? You can get them to do this on command. When they do it properly it looks like they are being all shy. It will make your dog look like the most adorable thing on earth.
Dogs often bark far more than we want them to, but what if you could get your dog to bark on command? It’s a fairly easy trick to teach because all you have to do is capture your dog going a bark, give it a word such as ‘speak’ and reward them when they do it. If your pooch is a little on the noisy side you may want to also teach them a ‘quiet’ command!
This trick involves getting your dog to crawl along the floor like soldiers do in the army. It’s quite funny and entertaining to watch. Get your dog to lay down, then lure them forward by running a treat along the ground in front of them, and they should start to crawl along to try and reach it.
Not the most complex of commands, but it can look quite cool when you are out and about to get your dog to do a high five. Kids find it especially entertaining, but make sure you teach Fido to do it gently, or they could end up batting people in the face! You just have to get them to tap your hand and it looks just like they are high fiving you.
If you’ve ever watched some of the smartest dogs out there do heelwork to music, then you may have seen dogs dancing. Dancing dogs have also featured on Britain’s Got Talent, and there’s plenty of videos on YouTube. This trick takes a bit longer to learn than most, as you have to teach several different tricks to get your dog to dance, unless they like to freestyle!
Just like surfing, dogs skateboarding is also very popular. You have probably see the famous bulldog who likes to go skateboarding. He is the epitome of cool. It’s good exercise for dogs, and also very entertaining.
Believe it or not, you can get your dog to tidy up bits and bobs around your home. You can use this trick to get them to put away their toys. Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are usually trained to perform this task, as they can help pick things up that their owners can’t reach.
Play an instrument
You might think it’s impossible to get a dog to play an instrument, but it’s not as tough as it seems. Dogs can easily play the piano, they just need to be rewarded every time they tap a key, or they might want to do it anyway just for fun! There’s
Before teaching this trick, keep in mind once they start singing (or howling), they might not want to stop. Some dogs will start to warm up their vocal chords as soon as they hear some music, and the results can be hilarious.
This trick is not only impressive but it’s also handy. You can get your dog to shake off all that mud before they come in the house and spray it all over the wallpaper!
An entertaining and ridiculously cute trick for dogs to learn. It involves getting them to jump up and rest their head on your shoulders as if giving you a hug.
Some other fun tricks to teach your dog:
- Walk backwards
- Stand on hind legs
- Play football
- Open and close doors
- Balance on a box