10 Dog Tricks You Can Easily Teach Your Dog

10 Basic Dog Tricks You Can Easily Teach

Want a well-behaved dog?

Jackpot! You can have your way.

But here’s the deal: It’s a two-way street. Only if you teach effectively, your dog will learn effectively

So let’s check out the basic dog tricks that you can easily teach your dog.

Dog treats: You need to start dog training lessons with these

Dogs don’t make life complicated. If they want something, they won’t beat around the bush to get it. 

And more than anything, what they want are dog treats.

So, if you show them you have a treat for them, you’re effectively getting them to pay attention to you. And if they want what’s in your hands, they need to earn it!

10 tricks for your dog

It’s advisable to go through the dog tricks below as if you’re walking your dog through a process.

The dog tricks that I’ll mention first are essential when you teach them the next ones.

Now, here’s what you can do:

1. Sit

Hold the treat above your dog’s head.

And as your dog focuses on getting the treat from you, they’ll naturally glance upward. And once they’re looking up, their rear end lands on the ground.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

2. Stay (before they rush to do something)

Show your dog that you’re about to give them a treat. Then use a hand signal to encourage them to wait before they can get it. 

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

3. Stay (when you leave) 

As you slowly back away, use a hand signal and the word “stay” to prevent your dog from following you. If they don’t follow you, reward them with a treat and praise.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

4. Down

Again, show your dog that a treat is in your hands — and it’s coming to them. Now, place your hands on the ground. 

Then let them go down and figure out how to get it from your hand. And once they’re in the perfect “down” position, release the treat to them.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

5. Stand

Face your dog and show them that a treat is in your hand. Now, raise your hands above them and encourage them to reach for the treat. Once they have it, give it to them and praise them.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

6. Handshake

Show your dog that you have a treat inside one of your hands. Then bring out your other hand in front of them to accommodate their paw once they decide to place it there.

If they successfully place their paw in your hand, acknowledge the behavior. Reward them with a treat and praise them for it.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

7. Fetch

Throw your dog’s toy and wait for them to return to you with it. If they successfully fetch the toy, reward and praise the good behavior.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

8. Jump

Sit in a small chair that your dog can use to climb to you on their own. Then call out their name and let them come to you.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

9. Rollover

Tell your dog to be in a downward position. By then, let them sniff a treat that’s in your hand.

Now as their attention is on the treat, let them follow your hand as you bring it over to their right side.

Then as your dog remains focused on the treat in your hand, they will naturally rest on their right side. From there, allow them to shift their weight to their opposite side. To do this, bring the treat over to their left side.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

10. Play dead

Let your dog demonstrate their skills with the rollover command. Then introduce a new command with the word “bang” by letting them roll over on their own. And with their head down, reward them for remaining in that position.

To see this in detail and in action, watch this video:

Final thoughts

Dealing with a stubborn dog? There’s a workaround for that!

The key is to let them learn at their own pace. Don’t force them to do anything.

Remember, dogs aren’t difficult to teach. 

Just gear up with lots of patience and consistency during each dog training lesson. And don’t forget to sprinkle some treats to remind them of their good behavior.

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