74 Dog Tricks to Teach your Dog

Dog Tricks to Teach your Dog
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What better way to strengthen the bond with your dog than to learn new tricks?

Dog Tricks can make your dog smarter, more active and engaged in your life.

Below you will find our simple 3 Step System for learning 74 Dog Tricks. Each trick has a link for more detailed instruction. 

Our motto is "Everyday Dog Training for Everyday People." The Athenas Pets' Dog Tricks below are made for Every Dog Owner to succeed.

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Trick 1 - How to Teach a Puppy its Name

This should be the first trick every dog learns. You just got your new puppy and they need to know their NAME.

This trick is easy and fun and should be done a few minutes a day with your new furry friend. Always say their NAME in a friendly, upbeat way.

STEP 1

With your dog seated in front of you, say their name, for example “SCOOBY.” When they look at you PRAISE and REWARD them. Do this several times the first few days.

STEP 2

Now, start mixing in other words then say “NAME.” For example, Blah, blah, blah “NAME” blah, blah. When it is clear they recognized their NAME, PRAISE and REWARD, have a party!!

STEP 3

As you progress move further away and say your dog’s name, when they come running, PRAISE and REWARD. If not, back to earlier steps.

FOLLOW ON:

This is one of the easier commands and a real bond builder with you and your dog. Always use their NAME in a positive way so they are happy to hear it.

As mentioned above, this is one of the first tricks to train your dog.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Puppy its Name >>>

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Trick 2 - How to Teach a Dog to Sit

Teaching Dog to Sit

The SIT command is one of the best starter tricks for your new dog or puppy. Getting your dog to learn the sit command gets them ready to do follow on tricks that start in the seated position.

Only say “SIT” not “SIT DOWN” – short one syllable commands work best.

STEP 1

While your dog is in the standing position, hold the treat in your hand in front of your dog’s nose.

STEP 2

With treat still in your hand, lift your hand in the air above your dog’s nose and slowly keep going backwards until their bottom naturally hits the ground.

STEP 3

As soon as their bottom touches the ground, say the verbal command “SIT” and PRAISE and REWARD your dog with the treat in your hand.

FOLLOW ON:

Once they have the hang of this, now just use the “SIT” command they associated with sitting. Go back to steps 1 – 3 as needed and you’ll eventually get there. Be Positive, Committed and Consistent.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Sit >>>

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Trick 3 - How to Teach a Dog to Lay Down

How to Teach a Dog to Lay Down

After you’re done showing some love to your dog for learning the SIT command, the DOWN command is the next to learn. Your dog starts in the seated position, so go back and learn SIT before beginning this trick.

Only say “DOWN” not “LAY DOWN” – short commands work best.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position by giving the “SIT” command. Don’t treat or reward at this point since there is more to come.

STEP 2

With treat in hand in front of your dog’s nose, move your hand straight down to ground. Your dog’s head/body should follow.

STEP 3

Then, move hand with treat back towards you along the ground (overall L-Motion) to lure your dog into the DOWN position. When done, say “DOWN”, then PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Once this works using your hand with treats, move to only using the “DOWN” command before PRAISE and REWARD. Repeat steps 1 – 3 as needed. Some dogs don’t want to go all the way down – for them, slowly encourage them with REWARDs as they go lower and lower, until eventually…

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Lay Down >>>

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Trick 4 - How to Teach a Dog to Stay

How to Teach a Dog to Stay

This is a great trick for a dog that tries to jump on everyone. It is best they know at least the SIT command since that will be the position, they STAY in.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position by giving the “SIT” command. Don’t treat or reward at this point since there is more to come.

STEP 2

Be close to your dog and raise the palm facing your dog just like a traffic officer telling traffic to stop at the same time you say “STAY.” PRAISE (not reward) them as they sit as instructed.

STEP 3

After they STAY for 2 – 3 seconds, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Once this works close-up and for 2 – 3 seconds, gradually move further away from your dog, and extend the time to 5 – 10 seconds and beyond. Take small steps and you will be impressed with your progress.

Eventually, you can add a new command at the end by saying “COME.”

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Stay >>>

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Trick 5 - How to Teach a Dog to Shake

How to Teach a Dog to Shake

Here’s a great one! Who doesn’t want to shake their best friend’s hand? How cool is it to have your dog shake your friend’s hand as well? Get the SIT command nailed down first before you start the shake training.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position by giving the “SIT” command. Don’t treat or reward at this point since there is more to come.

STEP 2

Show your dog a treat in your hand and hold it in front of their nose. When your dog starts sniffing, close your hand in a fist around the treat.

STEP 3

After a while they will move their paw to your hand with the treat. As soon as your dog’s paw touches your fist, say “SHAKE”, then PRAISE and REWARD.

FOLLOW ON:

Once you get them to touch your fist, all you need to do is open your hand and shake their paw as they raise it. If your dog is having a little trouble understanding what to do, bump their paw with your fist that is holding the treat.

This command is one of the more fun tricks to train your dog.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Shake >>>

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Trick 6 - How to Teach a Dog to Speak

For some dogs the SPEAK, aka bark, command is something they do all the time, but other dogs stay quiet. Either way, this trick is for you to get your dog to SPEAK on command.

Don’t get too hung up on the loudness of the bark or a slight growl. Over time give more PRAISE the better they do and your dog will rise to the occasion.

STEP 1

Get your dog to bark.

STEP 2

When your dog barks, say “SPEAK” afterwards. If they only make a small growling noise, then work with that to start.

STEP 3

Now, once you’ve associated “SPEAK” with their bark, say “SPEAK” to trigger their bark. When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

For some dogs, this may be easy. Other, quieter, dogs may be a bit of a challenge. Take it slower with them, but don’t give up. They will eventually get the hang of it.

As you can imagine, this is one of the noisier tricks to teach your dog.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Speak >>>

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Trick 7 - Teach Dog to Wave

Teach Dog to Wave

As you can see, many tricks build off earlier tricks. For the WAVE trick, it’s best that your dog has already learned the shake command.

Learn the SHAKE command first, this trick starts there.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position and give the SHAKE command. Don’t treat or reward at this point since there is more to come.

STEP 2

When your dog reaches to shake your hand, move your hand up higher than normal and make them reach up as if they were waving.

STEP 3

When they move their paw above their head, say “WAVE” then PRAISE and REWARD.

FOLLOW ON:

You want to remove the SHAKE verbal command over time, so your dog responds to shake at a lower level and the “WAVE” command alone with their paw above their head.

In Depth instructions Teach Dog to Wave >>>

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Trick 8 - How to Teach a Dog to Catch

How to Teach a Dog to Catch

This is an age-old trick of teaching your dog to CATCH something. Dogs of every size and breed can do this. Just takes a little training.

It’s best to have your dog in a controlled environment for this one so they don’t get distracted by other dogs or attractions. We recommend knowing the SIT and STAY command prior to starting this trick.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position with you slightly in front of them with a treat in hand.

STEP 2

Toss the treat to your dog near their face and when they open their mouth, but don’t’ catch it, PRAISE them, but pick up the treat before they get it.

STEP 3

When they eventually CATCH the treat in their mouth, say “CATCH” and PRAISE and REWARD them (again).

FOLLOW ON:

Once your dog has the CATCH a treat trick wired, move onto catching other stuff – balls, toys, etc. Use your imagination, this is supposed to be fun.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Catch >>>

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Trick 9 - Dog Training Clicker Instruction

Clicker training is a popular way to train your dog and involves the use of the “click” as the incentive, aka positive reinforcement, for your dog. This is very easy to accomplish.

When beginning, it’s best to start with a calm dog in a relatively quiet environment.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in a relatively calm mood. They can be standing or sitting, we’ll use standing on all fours in this example.

STEP 2

Now press the clicker near your dog. They should be close enough to hear it.

STEP 3

When your dog looks at you attentively, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Don’t let your dog get too comfortable getting a treat for just recognizing the click, because you eventually want them to do a trick or something for the reward of a click.

Build your dog clicker skills and you will be on the path to having a trick dog.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Dog Training Clicker Instruction >>>

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Trick 10 - How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over

How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over

A classic trick is to get your dog to ROLL OVER. Your dog should have a solid grasp on the DOWN command before you start this trick.

This trick is a little advanced and some dogs will not want roll on their back because they feel vulnerable. Keep trying and you can succeed.

STEP 1

Get your dog into the DOWN position. This is the end of the DOWN command. Don’t PRAISE or REWARD at this time.

STEP 2

With a treat in your hand, slowly move your hand in a circular motion from your dog’s nose to behind their head and around to the other side, saying “ROLL OVER.”

STEP 3

When your dog follows your hand around their head with their body, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

So, now that they do it with the treat, begin doing it with just your hand, then just the command. Always, use the “ROLL OVER” command to ensure association with this trick.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Roll Over>>>

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Trick 11 - How to Teach a Dog to Leave It

How to Teach Dog to Leave It

This is a little more advanced trick, but very cool. With a little time, patience and effort, you and your dog can conquer this trick as well.

Two Treats (a Favorite & a so-so one your dog kind of likes).

It will be easier to start teaching this trick in a controlled environment, then introducing distractions once they really have this trick wired.

STEP 1

Get your dog on a leash connected to a collar or harness.

STEP 2

Drop (so-so) treat 2-3 feet away from them and hold them back on the leash as they start to move toward this treat.

STEP 3

Then, say their name and “LEAVE IT.” When they look at you, PRAISE and REWARD them with their favorite treat.

FOLLOW ON:

Over time, you want to remove the leash and get them to do these steps without restraint. It might not happen in your first session, but time and patience will pay off.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Leave It>>>

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Trick 12 - Dog Standing on Hind Legs

Dog Standing on Hind Legs

Teaching your dog to walk on their hind legs is absolutely one of the coolest tricks there is.

Standing on their hind legs is not a natural position for your dog, so be careful with larger and older dogs. You know your dog best – make the right call.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position and slowly move a treat above their head and then straight upward.

STEP 2

When your dog lifts their front legs off the ground PRAISE and REWARD them and say “STAND”.

STEP 3

Now encourage your dog to go higher and higher to reach the treat and make the PRAISE and REWARD a little more difficult to get. Always say “STAND” to associate the command with this trick.

FOLLOW ON:

Always be aware of your dog’s safety on this trick. If you have a young pup, you’re probably good to go, but the older dogs might have a hard time.

In Depth instructions Dog Standing on Hind Legs>>>

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Trick 13 - How to Teach a Dog to Spin

How to Teach a Dog to Spin

Teaching your dog to SPIN is really easy. They start standing on all fours, so there are not any prerequisite tricks needed.

Just keep at it and they will get it in no time at all.

STEP 1

Start with your dog standing up and you facing them in front.

STEP 2

With a treat in your hand, slowly move your hand in a large circular motion from your dog’s nose going over their back, saying “SPIN.”

STEP 3

When your dog follows your hand around in a circle with their head and body, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Begin doing it with just your hand, then just the command. Always, use the “SPIN” command to ensure association with this trick.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Spin>>>

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Trick 14 - Dog High Five

Dog High Five

HIGH FIVE is similar to the WAVE trick and it’s best that your dog has already learned the SHAKE command.

Learn the SHAKE command first, this trick starts there.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position and give the SHAKE command. Don’t treat or reward at this point since there is more to come.

STEP 2

When your dog reaches to shake your hand, move it up higher than normal and make them reach up.

STEP 3

When they move paw above their head, touch their paw with your open palm and say “HIGH FIVE” then PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

You want to remove the SHAKE verbal command over time, so your dog responds to shake at a lower level and the HIGH FIVE command alone with their paw above their head.

This is one of the basic tricks to teach your dog.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog High Five>>>

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Trick 15 - How to Teach Dog to Say Yes

How to Teach a Dog to Say Yes

It’s a pretty simple trick to teach your dog to nod YES. It just takes a little bit of time and you’ll have a YES-dog.

Knowing the SIT command or at least having your dog being able to sit in front of you is a big plus before starting this trick.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position with you on your knees in front of them with a good treat in your hand in a fist.

STEP 2

Slowly move your fist up and down and here’s the tricky part: You can say “YES” or better yet just let your up and down fist movement be the command. Give them the REWARD when they nod yes and PRAISE them.

STEP 3

Now, do the up and down motion with your fist from further away from your dog to make them nod YES.

FOLLOW ON:

Once your dog can do the YES head nod with you away from them, you can now introduce a question, then make the hand gesture and have your dog agree with a YES head nod. How cool is that?

In Depth instructions How to Teach Dog to Say Yes and No>>>

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Trick 16 - How to Teach a Dog to Jump

How to Teach a Dog to Jump

Teaching your dog to jump sets you up for a whole other world of tricks. Let’s get this basic trick nailed down so we can move on to some crowd pleasers.

SIT/STAY are good prerequisites for this trick. It can be done by most dogs. Just don’t go too high on the old or out of shape ones.

STEP 1

Have your dog sit or stay then place a stick on the ground and walk to the other side.

STEP 2

Now call the dog and have them jump over the stick on the ground – PRAISE and REWARD them. Every few times, raise the bar (pun intended) and then start adding in the “JUMP” command.

STEP 3

Finally, you want the stick at a good height for your dog (you be the judge). You call your dog with the “JUMP” command and when they jump the bar PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

This is one of the easier commands and a real bond builder with you and your dog.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Jump>>>

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Trick 17 - How to Teach Dog to Say No

How to Teach a Dog to Say No

Teaching your dog to nod NO is as easy as YES. In no time you will have your dog answering you with a NO whenever you want.

Knowing the SIT command is helpful and you can do this in conjunction with the YES command.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position with you on your knees in front of them with a good treat in your hand in a fist.

STEP 2

Slowly move your fist with index finger out left to right. You can say “NO” but it’s better to let your fist, with index finger out, movement be the command. Give them the REWARD when they shake their head NO and PRAISE them.

STEP 3

Now, do the left/right motion with your fist (index finger out) from further away from your dog to make them shake head NO.

FOLLOW ON:

Once your dog can do the NO head nod with you away from them, you can now introduce a question, then make the hand gesture and have your dog disagree with a NO head shake. How cool is that? Or NOT.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Dog to Say Yes and No>>>

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Trick 18 - Teach Dog to Jump Over Someone

Teach Dog to Jump Over Someone

What better thing to do at your next cookout than have your dog jump over your buddy or a new neighbor?

Your dog should be able to SIT/STAY and your human should be trainable as well (ha, ha). This builds off the JUMP command, the human is just taking the place of the bar.

STEP 1

Start this trick where the JUMP command ended. A stick between two chairs or stools at about 2 feet off the ground. Have your dog jump a few times. Say, “JUMP,” PRAISE and REWARD.

STEP 2

Now insert human. Have the person get on all fours on the ground with their back straight. Place stick on top of the person’s back and give the same “JUMP” command. PRAISE and REWARD when done right.

STEP 3

Now, remove the stick from the person’s back and say “JUMP.” When your dog does this, party time – PRAISE, REWARD, party.

FOLLOW ON:

If your dog is having an issue with jumping over a person, then you could have the person lay flat on the ground or lift up slightly to make the JUMP less intimidating.

In Depth instructions to Teach Dog to Jump Over Someone>>>

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Trick 19 - Dog Jumping Through Hoop

Dog Jumping Through Hoop

Teaching your dog to jump through a hoop is a simple trick that is very similar to the JUMP command.

SIT/STAY are good prerequisites for this trick. It can be done by most dogs. Just don’t go too high on the old or out of shape ones.

STEP 1

Have your dog sit or stay then place the bottom of the hoop on the ground in front of them with a treat in your hand on the other side.

STEP 2

Now call your dog and have them go through the hoop – PRAISE and REWARD. Every few times, raise the hoop and then start adding in the “JUMP” command.

STEP 3

Now you want the hoop at a good height for your dog (you be the judge). You call your dog with the “JUMP” command and when they jump through the hoop PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Who doesn’t want their dog to jump through a hoop? This is a great bonding experience and sure to make you and your dog happy.

Surprisingly, it is one of the easy tricks to teach your dog.

In Depth instructions to Teach Dog Jumping Through Hoop>>>

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Trick 20 - Teach Dog Standing

Dog Standing on all Fours

This trick is to get your dog to stand up. Yes, you are basically trying to get your dog to stand on all fours instead of lying on the ground.

STEP 1

When your dog is lying down, wait until they stand up or encourage them to stand up.

STEP 2

When your dog stands, PRAISE them, REWARD them with a treat and say – you guessed it, “STAND.”

STEP 3

Now get your dog to stand by just giving the verbal command “STAND.” When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

There is not much need for a follow-on on this one, but it will come in handy to have your dog stand for trimming, bathing and other things.

In Depth instructions to Teach Dog Standing>>>

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Trick 21 - How to Teach a Dog to Play Dead

How to Teach a Dog to Play Dead

This one is a great trick for you to do with your dog in front of friends. Make sure you get it nailed down without distractions first though.

The DOWN trick is a good trick to have under your belt before moving onto PLAY DEAD.

STEP 1

When your dog is lying down, put a treat in front of their face and make a half circle move toward their back.

STEP 2

When your dog follows the treat around by rolling on their back, PRAISE, REWARD and say, “PLAY DEAD.” Do this over and over.

STEP 3

Now just give the verbal command “PLAY DEAD.” When they roll over onto their back, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Two key items. One, if they jump back up when they get their treat, delay the time from when they roll over until you give them the treat. Two, you can introduce a queue with your hand like shooting a gun to make this really cool.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Play Dead>>>

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Trick 22 - How to Teach a Dog to Fetch

How to Teach a Dog to Fetch

Nothing is more fun than throwing something and having your dog bring it back to you. Your dog gets exercise and you have the joy of playing with them.

Start with a toy your dog will be able to and want to put in their mouth. Some dogs prefer balls, others some type of rope or other toy.

STEP 1

With the toy on the ground, whenever your dog moves toward it or touches it, PRAISE and REWARD them. Continue until they have this down.

STEP 2

Once step 1 is complete, put the toy in their face and make them smell it and PRAISE and REWARD them. Then, toss the toy a foot or so from you on the ground and say “FETCH.”

STEP 3

Once they get the toy on the ground, they don’t get the treat REWARD unless they come back to you with the toy. Be excited, have a treat in hand and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do.

FOLLOW ON:

Gradually increase the distance you are tossing the toy and eventually you’ll have your dog fetching from as far as you can throw the toy.

Who can have a trick dog that doesn’t know how to fetch?

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Fetch>>>

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Trick 23 - How to Teach a Dog to Hug

How to Teach a Dog to Hug

Who wouldn’t want to give their favorite friend a great big HUG? Your dog will love this too.

The SIT trick is a great pre-game trick to know prior to starting the HUG trick.

STEP 1

Get on your knees on the ground in front of your dog and get them in the seated position by giving them the SIT command. No treat just yet though.

STEP 2

Carefully lift both of your dog’s paws up onto your shoulders (bend down if needed) and say “HUG.”

STEP 3

After you’ve giving your dog a nice hug, say “OK” and help them get their feet back on the ground. Then, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Be careful with this trick with small children or elderly friends or family in the house. Sometimes your dog doesn’t know their own strength.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Hug>>>

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Trick 24 - Teach a Dog Tug of War

Teach a Dog Tug of War

Tug of war with your best friend is a fun time together. It’s a pretty simple trick to learn as well.

STEP 1

A rope toy is the best to use for this trick. First, get your dog to grab hold of one end of the toy with his mouth. As they move toward it PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 2

Once they get it in their mouth, pull back and wiggle with a little force.

STEP 3

When they start to tug back on the toy, say “TUG” and PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

You’ll have to check out the RELEASE command for what to do next.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog Tug of War>>>

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Trick 25 - Teach a Dog to Release a Toy

Teach a Dog to Release a Toy

So, you’ve got your dog so they can play tug of war with you and you’re ready to stop. But, how do you get your dog to let go of the toy? Read On.

This trick is to get the toy or ball back after a TUG or FETCH trick.

STEP 1

Start with a favorite toy in the mouth of your dog, maybe after a TUG or FETCH trick.

STEP 2

With the toy in their mouth, get close to them with a treat in your hand. When they choose to go for the treat instead of the toy/ball, say “RELEASE” and PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

The next step in this trick is to move further away from your dog while saying the “RELEASE” command. When they drop the toy, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Take baby steps at a time when you move further away from your dog in step 3. Keep on this and you’ll get there in no time.

In Depth instructions to Teach a Dog to Release a Toy>>>

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Trick 26 - Use Dog Doorbell for Potty Training

Use Dog Doorbell for Potty Training

Teaching your dog to ring a bell to go out to potty is a fantastic trick and very useful to keep a clean household.

This trick is not too tough even for the young pups.

STEP 1

Get your dog comfortable with the bells. Let them sniff and touch them. REWARD them if you need incentive.

STEP 2

Hang the bells from a door handle on the door you use to take your dog outside to potty. Ring the bells with your hand and say “BELL.”

STEP 3

Encourage your dog to ring the bells by moving their paw to show them they can make noise by touching the bells. When they do, say “BELL,” PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Be careful your dog doesn’t use the bells to go outside all the time without even having to go potty. Over time, only REWARD them if they go potty.

At Athenas Pets, this is one of our favorite tricks to teach your dog. If we sell dog potty bells and even a 7-Day Challenge Course to guide you to the success.

In Depth instructions to Use Dog Doorbell for Potty Training>>>

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Trick 27 - Teach Your Dog to Find Keys

Teach Your Dog to Find Keys

Finding your keys is similar to fetching your keys. Make sure you have a set of keys you don’t mind your dog putting in their mouth.

Learning SIT and STAY first will help, but make sure you’re careful which keys you are using if your dog likes to bite or chew things.

STEP 1

Your dog can start in the seated or standing position. With the keys in your hand jiggling them in front of your dog’s face say, “KEYS.” When they make an effort to touch or put the keys in their mouth, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 2

Once they get the hang of what the keys are and realize they get a treat for touching or putting them in their mouth, cover the keys with a towel and say “KEYS.” When they move to get the towel out of way, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Now, with your dog staying seated, put the keys under the towel on the ground a few feet away and say “KEYS.” When they go to the keys and get them from under the towel, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Try moving the keys further and further away and even place them outside of their view to take this trick to the next level.

You’ll never be lost with your trick dog by your side.

In Depth instructions to Teach Your Dog to Find Keys>>>

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Trick 28 - How to Teach a Dog to Touch

Would you like to get your dog to touch things with their nose or paw? It’s really simple – read on.

Learn the SIT command first, since your dog needs to start in the seated position.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position by giving the SIT command. Don’t PRAISE or REWARD at this point since there is more to come.

STEP 2

Put your open palm in front of your dog’s face an inch or even less away. When they move their nose to touch your palm, say “TOUCH,” PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Slowly increase the space between your dog’s nose and your palm, say “TOUCH”, but only PRAISE and REWARD them when they actually touch your palm.

FOLLOW ON:

If your dog doesn’t TOUCH as you move further away, get closer and slowly work your way out. You will get this in no time.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Touch>>>

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Trick 29 - How to Teach Dog to Look Left

How to Teach Dog to Look Left

This is one of the easier tricks and once you get the left side down, the right side is just the opposite trick.

Learn the SIT command first, since your dog needs to start in the seated position.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position by giving the SIT command. Don’t PRAISE or REWARD at this point since there is more to come.

STEP 2

Stand to the side of your dog, facing the same direction, say “LEFT” as you move a treat from the front to the left side of their head.

STEP 3

When your dog follows the treat to their left side, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Make sure your dog starts with their head to the front.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Dog to Look Left and Right>>>

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Trick 30 - How to Teach Dog to Look Right

How to Teach Dog to Look Right

This is one of the easier tricks and is just as easy to teach whether you are going left or right. We’ll do the right side this time.

Learn the SIT command first, since your dog needs to start in the seated position.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position by giving the SIT command. Don’t PRAISE or REWARD at this point since there is more to come.

STEP 2

Stand to the side of your dog, facing the same direction, say “RIGHT” as you move a treat from the front to the right side of their head.

STEP 3

When your dog follows the treat to their right side, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Make sure your dog starts with their head to the front.

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Trick 31 - How to Train Your Dog to Wake Up

How to Train Your Dog to Wake Up

Having your dog wake you up is a really cool trick to try if you want your dog to jump on your bed when the alarm rings. It’s not for everyone, but we’re equal opportunity instructors.

You need to have another person assist you with this one.

STEP 1

Start with your dog lying down on the ground near your bed with a person holding them down. Set alarm to ring in 10-20 seconds, then show your dog you have a treat and get into bed.

STEP 2

As soon as the alarm sounds, have your assistant let them go and encourage them to jump onto the bed for the treat.

STEP 3

When your dog jumps on the bed, give them the treat, then PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

You can evolve this trick to your dog having to truly wake you up to get the treat, or make them go under the covers to find you.

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Trick 32 - How to Teach Your Dog to Smile

How to Teach Your Dog to Smile

Make sure you are on good terms with your dog before teaching them to smile. Smiling is not a natural position for them. Typically, they show their teeth when being submissive or angry.

Again, don’t do this if you’re uncomfortable with your fingers around your dog’s mouth. Try another trick if that’s the case. They should know the SIT command as well.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position and relaxed. After a good play time is ideal.

STEP 2

Lift your dog’s lips on both side while saying “SMILE.” Then, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Slowly make it harder for your dog to earn a treat so you just say “SMILE” for them to pull their lips back. When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

This one might take a little time since it is not natural for your dog to smile. But, with time and effort you can make this happen.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Your Dog to Smile>>>

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Trick 33 - How to Teach Dog to Come

This is a really important trick to teach your dog and could save them from a dangerous situation as well. Start teaching this indoors with less distractions.

Really good treats to start with are needed. Be patient with young pups too. It’s better just to say “COME” and not your dog’s name to avoid confusion.

STEP 1

Start with your dog distracted or laying down a short distance away (maybe 10 feet) in the house.

STEP 2

Make eye contact and tap your leg or clap and say “COME,” then PRAISE and REWARD them with a great treat when they come to you.

STEP 3

Continue this as you move further away from your dog and even do this command with them in another room as you advance.

FOLLOW ON:

OK, so you’re feeling a little cocky and think you have this wired? Now, take your act outdoors and do this in the yard. Patience & Practice are key.

I wouldn’t put this in the easy tricks to teach your dog category, but it is one of the most useful.

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Trick 34 - How to Teach a Dog to Sit Pretty

How to Teach a Dog to Sit Pretty

Sitting Pretty is when your dog has their bottom on the ground and front paws in air in front of them.

Older and out of shape or big dogs may have an issue with this trick. You know your dog best, so you make the right call. SIT is a good prerequisite.

STEP 1

Get on the ground facing your seated dog.

STEP 2

Slowly move a treat straight up from in front of your dogs’ mouth. As they lift their front paws off the ground to follow, say “SIT PRETTY,” PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Keep working with your dog, making it harder to earn a treat until they sit with their bottom on the ground and paws out in front. Consistently say, “SIT PRETTY” each time and PRAISE and REWARD them when they get it right.

FOLLOW ON:

Work toward just saying “SIT PRETTY” for them to take action. This is a fun trick but might take a little while for them to get this one under their belt (or harness – ha ha).

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Sit Pretty>>>

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Trick 35 - How to Teach my Dog to Laugh

How to Teach my Dog to Laugh

Who’s the happy doggy? Getting your dog to laugh on command is a cool trick that you can use to brighten everyone’s day.

In this trick you’re getting something your dog does on their own and working to get them to do it on command.

STEP 1

Find something that makes your dog happy and open their mouth like a laugh. Maybe a toy or near dinner time.

STEP 2

When you can tell just before they laugh, say “LAUGH,” then PRAISE and REWARD them when they do.

STEP 3

Now work to have the verbal command, “LAUGH” as the queue for your dog to laugh. Make sure to PRAISE and REWARD them when they do it.

FOLLOW ON:

It takes some time for many dogs to get this, but – yes, yes, you’ve heard it before – time and patience wins.

In Depth instructions How to Teach my Dog to Laugh>>>

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Trick 36 - Teach Your Dog to Wait for Food

Teach Your Dog to Wait for Food

WAIT teaches your dog to stay in one place and not go running after something it wants. It is useful when a dog leaves a crate, is getting their bowl filled for dinner or is ready to blast off on a walk.

Be patient and you’ll have your dog waiting like a champ in no time at all.

STEP 1

Use something your dog normally runs toward, like a food bowl we’ll use in this example.

STEP 2

Now say “WAIT” and make your dog stay still. When they do this, give them PRAISE and REWARD them with a treat. You can use the “OK” command to let your dog eat, the “WALK” command to go walk, etc.

STEP 3

Now, make your dog wait for more time when you do this. You can also move further away. Make sure you are patient and consistent.

FOLLOW ON:

Once you start the WAIT command, your dog cannot be allowed to do whatever they want sometimes and other times you make a big thing of waiting. Be consistent and you’ll have your dog waiting soon.

This is one of the best tricks to teach dogs.

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Trick 37 - Teach Dog to Go to a Place

Teach Dog to Go to a Place

Teaching your dog to GO TO A PLACE is a handy trick to get your dog out of the way of someone working in your home or when you have guests.

Pick somewhere you want the dog to go and create a command. For example, “BED” or “CORNER.” We’ll use “CORNER” for this trick.

STEP 1

With treats in hand a few feet from the place you want your dog to go, say “CORNER” and walk with the treat to the corner. Repeat the command “CORNER” so they know where this is.

STEP 2

The first time you get to the spot, give your dog the treat, PRAISE and REWARD them. Repeat several times.

STEP 3

Now, say “CORNER” and point to the spot and your dog should move to the corner. When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them. If not, go back to earlier steps.

FOLLOW ON:

To advance this trick, have someone ring the doorbell or create another distraction while you give the “CORNER” command.

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Trick 38 - Teach a Dog to Open a Door

Teaching your dog to open a door is an awesome trick that will impress your buddies and maybe even get you a cold beverage someday.

This is a fun trick and doesn’t need too much expertise to start. Your dog will need to be big enough to pull the door open though.

STEP 1

Tie the rope or strap onto the handle of the kitchen cabinet or refrigerator door. Get your dog excited to pull on this rope or strap.

STEP 2

When your dog pulls on the strap, say “OPEN,” PRAISE and REWARD them. Make it a little harder to earn their treat each time, so they are actually opening the door.

STEP 3

As you continue on this method, you should just say “OPEN” and your dog should go to the strap and pull on it which opens the door.

FOLLOW ON:

Use the “OPEN” command from further away and let your dog work their magic.

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Trick 39 - Teach a Dog to Close a Door

Teach a Dog to Close a Door

Teaching your dog to close a door is a necessary trick after they have opened the door.

This is much easier than opening a door.

STEP 1

With the kitchen refrigerator open, get your dog to touch the door with their nose or paw. Encourage them by tapping the door with your hand.

STEP 2

Eventually your dog will get the hint that you want them to push on the door. When they do, say “CLOSE,” PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

As they get this nailed down, move further away from your dog and the open door and give the command “CLOSE,” PRAISE and REWARD successes.

FOLLOW ON:

Keep moving further away as you give the “CLOSE” command.

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Trick 40 - How to Teach a Dog to Back Up

How to Teach a Dog to Back Up

Teaching your dog to BACK UP makes a lot of sense. Sometimes your dog is too excited or just wants to keep moving forward. Let’s learn this simple, effective trick.

The STAY command is a helpful starting spot – you should learn it first.

STEP 1

Start with your dog standing on all fours in one place and you facing them about 2-3 feet in front.

STEP 2

Start walking directly toward your dog and they will typically start backing up. If they don’t, keep walking until you are bumping into them and lean in a little until they do back up.

STEP 3

As your dog gets that you want them to move backwards when you approach, give the command “BACK UP,” PRAISE and REWARD successes.

FOLLOW ON:

Continue doing this and get your dog to perform this trick by giving the “BACK UP” command only.

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Trick 41 - How to Teach a Dog to Yawn

How to Teach a Dog to Yawn

The Yawn trick is a little tricky (pun intended). Your goal is to catch your dog yawning and get them to associate the command “YAWN” with this action.

You need to have treats ready when you catch your dog in the act of yawning.

STEP 1

Have some treats with you often and when you see your dog yawn, give them a REWARD (treat) and say “YAWN” and PRAISE them.

STEP 2

As your dog gets used to this, start trying to get them to yawn by just sitting there looking at them. At some point they will yawn. Say “YAWN” and PRAISE, REWARD them.

STEP 3

Your dog will start to make the positive association with the command “YAWN,” and the act of yawning, always PRAISE and REWARD success.

FOLLOW ON:

This may take a while with some dogs, but you need to have patience and persistence to make it work.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Yawn>>>

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Trick 42 - How to Teach a Dog to Go to Bed

How to Teach a Dog to Go to Bed

What a convenient thing to be able to tell your dog to go to bed and have them listen and actually go there.

Use a short command like, “BED” for this trick.

STEP 1

With treats in hand a few feet from your dog’s bed, say “BED” and walk with the treat to the bed. Repeat command “BED” and point to their bed.

STEP 2

The first time your dog goes to the bed, give your dog the treat, PRAISE and REWARD them. Repeat several times.

STEP 3

Now, say “BED” and point to the bed. Your dog should go to the bed and lay down. When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them. If not, go back to earlier steps.

FOLLOW ON:

This is good to teach your dog and it is something that you will repeat on a daily basis. It should be something you have perfected in no time at all.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Go to Bed>>>

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Trick 43 - Teach a Dog to Get Their Leash

Teach a Dog to Get Their Leash

So, your dog wants to go for a walk? Why not make them go get their leash for you? They have a big incentive and this is an easy trick to teach.

Make sure they will have access to the leash and it is not attached to a hook or something else that prevents them from bringing it.

STEP 1

With the leash on the ground, whenever your dog moves toward it or touches it, PRAISE and REWARD them. Continue until they have this down.

STEP 2

Once Step 1 is complete, put the leash in their face and make them smell it and PRAISE and REWARD them. Then, toss the leash a foot or so from you on the ground and say “GET LEASH.”

STEP 3

Once they get the leash on the ground, they don’t get the treat REWARD unless they come back to you with the leash. Be excited, have a treat in hand and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do.

FOLLOW ON:

Gradually increase the distance from the leash. As an added bonus, take your dog for a walk after they GET LEASH for you – what a REWARD!

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Get Their Leash>>>

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Trick 44 - How to Teach a Dog to Take It

How to Teach a Dog to Take It

The TAKE IT trick is the first part of some additional cool tricks we have coming next. Get this mastered and you’ll be golden on the tricks to follow.

Get a toy your dog loves, not likes, and it’ll make this trick super easy.

STEP 1

Get your dog excited with a toy they love in your hand and when they grab for it, say “TAKE IT” PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 2

When your dog takes the toy from your hand and you associate the “TAKE IT” command with taking the toy, set the toy on the ground and say, “TAKE IT.” When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Make sure your dog has steps 1 and 2 wired because you will be using this command in the future for some cool stuff.

FOLLOW ON:

Not much more here, make sure your dog understands “TAKE IT” can apply to different toys.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Take It>>>

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Trick 45 - How to Teach a Dog to Drop It

How to Teach a Dog to Drop It

The DROP IT trick is the next trick after the TAKE IT trick to get you in a good spot for the next super cool trick.

Learn the TAKE IT trick first since you need the dog to have the toy in their mouth for this trick.

STEP 1

Give your dog the “TAKE IT” command and when they get the toy in their mouth, this time, don’t PRAISE or REWARD.

STEP 2

Now, show your dog a really great treat, something they love! Encourage them to drop the toy for the treat. When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Once step #2 is wired, get your dog to drop the toy with just the “DROP IT” command. PRAISE and REWARD them when they do. If not, back to step 2.

FOLLOW ON:

This is the second part of a really cool trick, so get this under you and your dog’s belt (or collar) and you’ll be ready for the “PUT AWAY TOYS” trick.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Drop It>>>

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Trick 46 - Teach Dog to Put Away Toys

Teach Dog to Put Away Toys

PUT AWAY TOYS is a way to get your dog to clean up after themselves. Why do all the heavy lifting when your dog will be happy to do it for you – once you train them of course.

This trick requires the “TAKE IT” and “DROP IT” commands to be understood by your dog. So, if you haven’t wired those, go back and get them done.

STEP 1

Give your dog the “TAKE IT” command and when they get the toy in their mouth, this time, don’t PRAISE or REWARD them.

STEP 2

Now, lead them with a treat to the box or wherever you store their toys. When they get there say “DROP IT” and have them drop it in the box. PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

When steps 1 and 2 are nailed down and your dog is consistent, introduce more toys with same TAKE IT, DROP IT sequence. Then, start saying “PUT TOYS AWAY” and motion for your dog to do the take it/drop it sequence.

FOLLOW ON:

You may need to continue with the take/drop commands as they nail this down. But, over time with consistent practice your dog will clean up alone.

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Trick 47 - How to Teach Your Dog to Kiss

How to Teach Your Dog to Kiss

Who doesn’t want a KISS from their favorite furry friend? Both you and your dog will love this trick.

This is an easy trick. It’s simple for the beginning trainer and the dog.

STEP 1

Put something sticky and tasty on your cheek or wherever you would you like your dog to kiss you. Some people use peanut butter.

STEP 2

Say “KISS” and encourage your dog to lick the tasty sticky stuff on your cheek. PRAISE and REWARD them when they do.

STEP 3

Once your dog is familiar with step 2, just say, “KISS” and lean over to them so they can kiss your cheek – even without tasty stuff there. PRAISE and REWARD them when they do it.

FOLLOW ON:

Who doesn’t want a KISS from their favorite furry friend? Both you and your dog will love this trick. This is one of the nicest tricks to teach your dog.

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Trick 48 - How to Teach Your Dog to Bark

How to Teach Your Dog to Bark

For some dogs the BARK command is something they do all the time, but other dogs stay quiet. Either way, this trick is for you to get your dog to BARK on command.

Don’t get too hung up on the loudness of the bark or a slight growl. Over time give more PRAISE the better they do and your dog will rise to the occasion. This is same as the SPEAK command with use of “BARK” as the verbal command.

STEP 1

Get your dog to bark. You can use the doorbell, mailman, etc.

STEP 2

When your dog barks, say “BARK” afterwards. If they only make a small growling noise, then work with that to start.

STEP 3

Now, once you’ve associated “BARK” with their bark, say “BARK” to trigger their bark. When they do, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

For some dogs, this may be easy. Other, quieter, dogs may be a bit of a challenge. Take it slower with them, but don’t give up. They will eventually get the hang of it.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Your Dog to Bark>>>

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Trick 49 - How to Teach Your Dog to Heel

How to Teach Your Dog to Heel

Teaching your dog to heel means to teach them to walk alongside you. Typically, your left side is where your dog would be trained to walk, but it’s your dog so it’s your call.

Starting someplace with limited distractions is ideal.

STEP 1

With your dog a few feet away and you in the standing position, point your hand down to the side you want your dog to HEEL and call their name. PRAISE and REWARD them when they come.

STEP 2

Now, with treats at the ready and always given with the hand on the side your dog is, start walking a few steps then stop. When your dog follows, PRAISE and REWARD them. Do this over and over.

STEP 3

Once they get this down, start moving a little evasively and get your dog to heel. PRAISE and REWARD them for successes.

FOLLOW ON:

Don’t leave a treat in your hand with your dog just following the treat. Make sure they are next to you in hope of getting a treat initially and eventually just for the PRAISE and occasional REWARD.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Your Dog to Heel>>>

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Trick 50 - How to Teach Your Dog to Bow

How to Teach Your Dog to Bow

What a neat trick to teach your dog to bow. When they do something cool you can have them take complete credit.

Not too much to this one as long as your dog can stand up.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the standing position (all fours) with you facing them.

STEP 2

With a treat in your hand, move your hand from your dog’s nose slowly to the ground in front of them. When they follow your hand down in a bowing position, Say “BOW,” then PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Make earning the treat more difficult so they only get it with a great bow. Then start to say “BOW” from a few feet away. When they do it well, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Keep doing this trick on a regular basis to keep the BOW fresh in their mind.

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Trick 51 - How to Teach a Dog to Jump Rope

How to Teach a Dog to Jump Rope

Teaching your dog to jump rope is a trick that is based on the JUMP command. If you can get the jump command nailed first it will make this so much easier.

We’re going to tie one end of the rope to a stationary object to avoid distraction when starting.

STEP 1

Begin with your dog standing facing you and the rope on the ground between you and the post or other stationary object behind them. Give the “JUMP” command and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do it.

STEP 2

If your dog is not moving, go back to the JUMP trick. When your dog jumps with the “JUMP” command, gently swing the rope underneath them. Not too aggressively, just gently. For successes, PRAISE and REWARD.

STEP 3

Continue with the “JUMP” command as your dog jumps higher and gets the idea that the rope will go underneath them. Make earning a REWARD more difficult until you get them jumping the rope.

FOLLOW ON:

This trick is a little more difficult than some of the other jump tricks because the rope is moving. But, nothing is impossible.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Jump Rope>>>

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Trick 52 - Teach Your Dog to Limp

How to Teach a Dog to Jump Rope

Teaching your dog to limp can be a fun trick, but it might take a little while to perfect.

Shake should be conquered before starting the limp trick.

STEP 1

Start with your dog seated and give them the “SHAKE” command.

STEP 2

Now with your dog standing, Say, “SHAKE,” and get them to do it while continuing to stand on all fours. PRAISE and REWARD successes.

STEP 3

While lightly holding your dog’s paw up, add in forward movement. Be gentle and take it a step at a time. Say, “LIMP,” PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

As your dog gets this, work to just say, “LIMP” for them to do this trick.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Your Dog to Limp>>>

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Trick 53 - Teach Your Dog to Fetch a Drink

Teach Your Dog to Fetch a Drink

How cool is it to have your dog fetch you a cold beverage on a hot day, or any day for that matter? With this command you can have them bring you a beer, soda or some other drink.

The “OPEN DOOR” trick can be used first and the “DROP” trick is good after your dog gets the drink so they can give it up.

STEP 1

We’ll use a refrigerator in this trick. Make sure the beverage can is clear of other stuff and low enough so your dog can get it easily.

We’ll start with the door open. Put the beverage in their mouth and say, “FETCH” PRAISE successes.

STEP 2

When they get step 1 wired, go back a few steps and say, “FETCH” and have your dog grab the can with their mouth and bring it to you. Say “DROP” and when they do PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Now back way up further from the refrigerator and do the same thing. Say, “FETCH” and have your dog grab the can with their mouth and bring it to you. Say “DROP” and when they do PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Bundle “FETCH A DRINK” with “OPEN DOOR” and “CLOSE DOOR” and both you and your pup will be loving life. Everyone will love your trick dog.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Your Dog to Fetch a Drink>>>

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Trick 54 - How to Teach a Dog to Bring Tissue

Teach a Dog to Bring Tissue

Feeling a little under the weather? Or maybe you just want to have some fun? Why not teach your dog to bring a tissue on command?

The “TAKE IT” and “DROP IT” tricks are prerequisites to this trick.

STEP 1

The first thing you want to do is get your dog near the tissue box and use the “TAKE IT” command. When they just grab a tissue, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 2

Treat this like a fetch type command and move a few feet away and give the “TAKE IT” command, then “BRING TISSUE” and encourage them to bring it to you. PRAISE and REWARD successes.

STEP 3

When they bring the tissue to you, say “DROP IT” and PRAISE and REWARD when they do.

FOLLOW ON:

Ultimately, you want to get your dog to get the tissue, bring it to you and drop it off in your hand by just saying the “BRING TISSUE” command. If you want to make this super cool use “ACHOO” as the verbal command.

While this is one of the cool tricks to teach your dog, it might not be the most sanitary…

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Bring Tissue>>>

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Trick 55 - Teach Dog to Go Left or Right

Teach Dog to Go Left or Right

This trick teaches your dog to walk to the left or right of their current position. We’ll start with the “LEFT” but just reverse the training for “RIGHT”.

Learn the “SIT” command first, since we’ll start in the seated position.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the seated position by giving the SIT command. Place a plastic cup with a treat underneath on their left side about 3 feet away.

STEP 2

Now, point to the cup on your dog’s left and say “GO LEFT”. The dog should be motivated because they saw you put a treat underneath the cup. PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Once your dog has the left down do the same thing with a cup on the right and say “GO RIGHT,” and PRAISE and REWARD successes.

FOLLOW ON:

Move the cups further away over time and eventually remove them once your dog has it under wraps.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Dog to Go Left or Right>>>

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Trick 56 - How to Teach a Dog to Crawl

How to Teach a Dog to Crawl

This trick teaches your dog crawl on the ground from the down position. It’s really cool to have your dog looking like a secret agent scooting around on their belly.

Learn the DOWN command first, since we’ll start in the down position.

STEP 1

Start with your dog in the down position by giving the “DOWN” command.

STEP 2

With a treat in your hand, slowly move your hand from your dog’s nose, along the ground in front of them. When they crawl on their belly, say “CRAWL,” PRAISE and REWARD them. Do NOT REWARD them if they stand – Start over.

STEP 3

Now, that they have it when they are following the treat, move back a few feet with a treat on the floor and say “CRAWL”. PRAISE and REWARD successes.

FOLLOW ON:

Don’t give up the treat unless they do a proper crawl. Get to the point where your dog will crawl with just the verbal command.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Crawl>>>

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Trick 57 - Teach a Dog to Fetch Newspaper

Teach a Dog to Fetch Newspaper

Don’t feel like going out to get the paper in the morning, don’t worry. This trick will have your dog getting the paper for you, while you get the coffee started.

Don’t make the newspaper too big for a little dog’s mouth. “TAKE IT” and “DROP IT” are a couple tricks you should learn first.

STEP 1

With the Newspaper in hand, place it in your dog’s mouth and say, “TAKE IT” – PRAISE and REWARD every success.

STEP 2

Once STEP 1 is complete, put the Newspaper in their face and make them smell it and PRAISE and REWARD them. Then, toss the Newspaper a couple feet from you on the ground and say “NEWSPAPER”.

STEP 3

Once they get the Newspaper, they don’t get the treat REWARD unless they come back to you with the paper. Be excited, have a treat in hand and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do. Say “DROP IT” if needed.

FOLLOW ON:

Gradually increase the distance the Newspaper is away and then get your dog to go out to the sidewalk and get the paper with just the “NEWSPAPER” command.

In Depth instructions How to Teach a Dog to Fetch Newspaper>>>

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Trick 58 - Teach Your Dog to Act Ashamed

Teach Your Dog to Act Ashamed

This is a neat trick to get your dog to act like they are ashamed.

We’ll start from the down position, so the “DOWN” trick is a prerequisite.

STEP 1

Give your dog the “DOWN” command and when they’re in the down position, place a small sticker or piece of tape on the bridge of their nose.

STEP 2

Your dog will naturally paw at the sticker to get it off and appear to be covering their face in shame. When they do this say, “ASHAMED?” or some other queue of your choice. PRAISE and REWARD successes.

STEP 3

Once you can do step 2, now it’s time to go without the tape. Say, “ASHAMED?” without the tape on your dog’s nose. When they can do it, PRAISE and REWARD them. If not, back to more step 2.

FOLLOW ON:

Do this from a further distance away and you could also work in a hand signal instead of a verbal command.

In Depth instructions How to Teach Your Dog to Act Ashamed>>>

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Trick 59 - How to Teach a Dog to Beg

How to Teach a Dog to Beg

Teaching your dog to beg is similar to the SIT PRETTY trick, but with their paws higher than SIT PRETTY.

Older and out of shape or big dogs may have an issue with this trick. You know your dog best, so you make the right call. SIT is a good prerequisite.

STEP 1

Get on the ground facing your seated dog. Use the” SIT” command if needed.

STEP 2

Slowly move a treat straight up from in front of your dog’s mouth. As they lift their front paws off the ground to follow, say “BEG,” PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Keep working with your dog, making it harder to earn a treat until they sit with their bottom on the ground and paws up in air. Consistently say, “BEG” each time and PRAISE and REWARD them when they get it right.

FOLLOW ON:

Work toward just saying “BEG” for them to take action. This is a great trick but might take a little while for them to get it wired.

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Trick 60 - How to Teach a Dog to Wiggle

How to Teach a Dog to Wiggle

This is an easy one as your dog does this naturally after, or maybe during, their bath when they shake their body all around and fling water everywhere.

Make sure you have a place that you can get your dog wet and where you will get a little wet as well. Somewhere you normally wash your dog is great.

STEP 1

First, get your dog wet like they’re taking a bath. Thoroughly soak them so they will do the next natural thing which is to shake the water off.

STEP 2

When your dog shakes the water off, say “WIGGLE” and PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Once you’ve done step 2 enough times, they will associate the WIGGLE command with shaking. At this point, without wetting them down first, say “WIGGLE”, and when they shake their body, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

The transition from the wet WIGGLE to the dry WIGGLE is the big leap here. But, with some time and patience you can get a dry wiggler in a snap. It is definitely the wettest of the tricks to teach your dog.

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Trick 61 - How to Teach Your Dog Hands Up

Teaching the hands up trick to your dog is a really cool trick to make your little dog know when they’ve been caught.

Be careful with the older or out of shape dogs. Your dog, your call. SIT is a good prerequisite.

STEP 1

Get on the ground facing your seated dog. Use the” SIT” command if needed.

STEP 2

Slowly move a treat straight up from in front of your dogs’ mouth. As they lift their front paws off the ground to follow, say “HANDS UP,” PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Keep working with your dog, making it harder to earn a treat until they sit with their bottom on the ground and paws up in air. Consistently say, “HANDS UP” each time and PRAISE and REWARD them when they get it right.

FOLLOW ON:

Work toward just saying “HANDS UP” for them to take action. A cool twist to this trick is to associate your finger as the queue for the hands up.

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Trick 62 - Teach a Dog the Quiet Command

To get your dog to be QUIET on command, you should first get them to SPEAK on command. Also, if you have a quiet dog, they need no instruction at all.

Teaching your dog to be QUIET on command requires the SPEAK on command trick prerequisite the way we’re teaching it here.

STEP 1

Use the “SPEAK” command to get your dog to bark.

STEP 2

When your dog stops barking, for a few seconds, say “QUIET” in a firm, but not too loud voice. Then, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Now, once you’ve associated “QUIET” to when they stop barking, say “QUIET” to stop them when they are barking. When they do, always PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

This may take a lot of patience with some dogs, but with time, patience and consistency they’ll be quiet before you know it.

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Trick 63 - Teach Your Dog to Bring Slippers

Teach Your Dog to Bring Slippers

Feeling like a relaxing evening? Why not have your dog bring your slippers to you? There’s no need to get up once you teach them this trick.

The “DROP IT” command can be helpful if you have a pup that doesn’t want to give up the slippers.

STEP 1

Set your slippers on the ground, whenever your dog moves toward it or touches it, PRAISE and REWARD them. Continue until they have this down.

STEP 2

Once step 1 complete, put the slippers in their face and make them smell them and PRAISE and REWARD them. Then, set the slippers a foot or so from you on the ground and say “BRING SLIPPERS.”

STEP 3

Once they get the slippers, they don’t get the treat REWARD unless they come back to you with them. Be excited, have a treat in hand and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do.

FOLLOW ON:

Gradually increase the distance from the slippers. You can also add in the “DROP IT” command at the end if they don’t want to give up your slippers.

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Trick 64 - How to Teach Dog Sound Asleep

How to Teach Dog Sound Asleep

Want your dog to lay down and look sound asleep? Then this trick is for you. Your dog will truly be in the down position for an extended stay. Cool, huh?

The “DOWN” command is a perquisite for this trick.

STEP 1

Give your dog the “DOWN” command, PRAISE and REWARD them. But, in this case, do not release them from this position.

STEP 2

When your dog stays in this position for 15-20 seconds, say “SOUND ASLEEP,” PRAISE and REWARD them. Continue extending the time it takes to earn this PRAISE and REWARD.

STEP 3

When your dog can consistently do the “SOUND ASLEEP” starting with the “DOWN” command, start by giving just the “SOUND ASLEEP” command and PRAISING and REWARDING successes.

FOLLOW ON:

If you need a little help with your dog laying down for an extended period of time, you can introduce the open palm hand signal used in stay command.

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Trick 65 - Teach Dog to Fetch TV Remote

Teach Dog to Fetch TV Remote

Comfy in your chair and don’t want to get up? Well, let your dog bring the remote control to you.

Your call on the remote control. I’d hate to see your dog bite the expensive remote into pieces. “TAKE IT” and “DROP IT” are a couple tricks you should learn first.

STEP 1

With the Remote Control in hand, place it in your dog’s mouth and say, “TAKE IT” – PRAISE and REWARD every success.

STEP 2

Once step 1 is complete, put the Remote in their face and make them smell it and PRAISE and REWARD them. Then, set the Remote a couple feet from you on the ground and say “REMOTE”

STEP 3

Once they get the Remote Control, they don’t get the treat REWARD unless they come back to you with it. Be excited, have a treat in hand and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do. Say “DROP IT” if needed.

FOLLOW ON:

Gradually increase the distance of the Remote and put your remote in its normal location and get your dog to fetch it with just the “REMOTE” command.

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Trick 66 - Teach a Dog to Pick Up Keys

Teach a Dog to Pick Up Keys

Need to go somewhere? Get your dog to pick up the keys and give them to you. They’ll have a great time and you’ll get your keys.

Get an old set of keys ready and the “TAKE IT” and “DROP IT” commands may come in handy as they’re learning.

STEP 1

Hold the keys in front of your dog and have them play with them, PRAISE and REWARD them. Say “PICK UP KEYS”

STEP 2

Now place the keys on the floor, say “PICK UP KEYS” and have your dog get the keys in their mouth. PRAISE and REWARD successes.

STEP 3

Now move the keys further away. Say “PICK UP KEYS” and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do.

FOLLOW ON:

Gradually increase the distance from the keys.

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Trick 67 - How to Teach a Dog to Bring It

How to Teach a Dog to Bring It

Want your dog to bring something to you but have not associated a specific item to the command. Use the catch all “BRING IT” command to make it happen.

The “TAKE IT” and “DROP IT” tricks are prerequisites to this trick.

STEP 1

Get your dog near the toy you want them to bring and use the “TAKE IT” command. When they just grab the toy, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 2

Now, move a few feet away and give the “TAKE IT” command, then “BRING IT” and encourage them to bring it to you. PRAISE and REWARD successes.

STEP 3

When they bring the toy to you, say “DROP IT” and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do.

FOLLOW ON:

Your goal is for your dog to bring it (Whatever it is) to you and drop it off in your hand by just saying the “BRING IT” command. Change the toys you use so your dog understands BRING IT applies to any object you ask for.

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Trick 68 - How to Teach a Dog Bang Trick

How to Teach a Dog Bang Trick

This one is a great trick for you to do with your dog in front of friends. Make sure you get it nailed down without distractions first though.

The DOWN trick is a good trick to have under your belt before moving onto the BANG. If you’ve done the “PLAY DEAD” this is the same trick with a quarter turn and different command.

STEP 1

When your dog is lying down, put a treat in front of their face and make a quarter circle move toward their back.

STEP 2

When your dog follows the treat around by rolling on their side, PRAISE and REWARD them and say, “BANG.” Do this over and over.

STEP 3

Now just give the verbal command “BANG.” When they roll onto their side, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

Two key items. One, if they jump back up when they get their treat, delay the time from when they roll over until you give them the treat. Two, you can introduce a queue with your hand like shooting a gun to make this really cool.

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Trick 69 - How to Teach a Dog to Hush

How to Teach a Dog to Hush

To get your dog to HUSH on command, you should first get them to SPEAK on command.

Teaching your dog to HUSH on command requires the SPEAK on command trick prerequisite. As an alternative, you can replace the verbal “HUSH” with a hand signal of your finger in front of your lips.

STEP 1

Use the “SPEAK” command to get your dog to bark.

STEP 2

When your dog stops barking for a few seconds, say “HUSH” in a firm, but not too loud voice (Alternate: finger over lips). Then, PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Now, once you’ve associated “HUSH” to when they stop barking, say “HUSH” to stop them when they are barking. When they do, always PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

This may take a lot of practice with some dogs, but with time, patience and consistency they will be quiet before you know it.

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Trick 70 - Teach a Dog to Fetch a Phone

Teach a Dog to Fetch a Phone

How cool would it be for your dog to get the phone for you to make a call or when a call is coming in?

I would not use a good phone on this trick. Your dog could easily and unintentionally break it. As always, it’s your dog/phone and your call.

STEP 1

With the Phone in hand, place it in your dog’s mouth and say, “TAKE IT” – PRAISE and REWARD every success.

STEP 2

Once step 1 is complete, put the Phone in their face and make them smell it and PRAISE and REWARD them. Then, set the Phone a couple feet from you on the ground and say “PHONE”

STEP 3

Once they get the Phone, they don’t get the treat REWARD unless they come back to you with it. Be excited, have a treat in hand and PRAISE and REWARD them when they do. Say “DROP IT” if needed.

FOLLOW ON:

Gradually increase the distance to the Phone and get your dog to fetch it with just the “PHONE” command.

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Trick 71 - Teach Dog to Wipe Its Own Paws

Teach Dog to Wipe Its Own Paws

This is a fun trick that has your dog wiping their feet on command. It is quite impressive for your friends to see and just might keep your house cleaner.

This is a pretty straightforward trick and can be learned in no time.

STEP 1

Get some of your dog’s favorite treats and place them on the floor, then cover them with a towel. Make sure they see you and encourage them to try to get treats without lifting the towel.

STEP 2

When your dog goes to the towel and tries to get the treats underneath by wiping at the towel, Say “WIPE PAWS,” then PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 3

Once they get the association of the “WIPE PAWS” command with wiping at the towel, get them to do it with just the verbal queue, “WIPE PAWS” and PRAISE and REWARD successes.

FOLLOW ON:

Depending on your dog, this could take no time at all.

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Trick 72 - Teach a Dog to Potty on Command

Teach a Dog to Potty on Command

Would making your dog go potty on command be useful? If waiting on your dog just isn’t an option. This command will help.

The key here is to associate a command to something your dog does in their normal day.

STEP 1

Over several weeks, every time your dog is outside and starts to do their business, say, “POTTY TIME.” Only say it once each time – PRAISE and REWARD them.

STEP 2

Once you’ve done step 1 for 2-3 weeks, now say, “POTTY TIME” before your dog does their business. PRAISE and REWARD them when they go on command.

STEP 3

Continue this process until you have your dog going potty after you say, “POTTY TIME.”

FOLLOW ON:

Remember, this is a natural function of your dog and they may not need to go or may need to walk or move around a little before they are able to.

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Trick 73 - Teach a Dog to Make Friends

Having your dog greet your friends by calmly putting their chin on their lap is such a cool trick. Read on.

Make sure your dog is calm with the person and situation first. It is best to do this with someone your dog is familiar with already.

STEP 1

Have an assistant sit or kneel down with a treat in their hand on top of their thigh, but don’t let your dog go to them yet.

STEP 2

Now, say, the “MAKE FRIENDS” command and have your assistant show the treat and let your dog walk over to them, but do not give them the treat yet.

STEP 3

When your dog lays their head on your assistant’s lap next to the treat, say “MAKE FRIENDS” then, PRAISE and REWARD them.

FOLLOW ON:

The ultimate goal is to get your dog to go to a person and put their head in the persons lap with just the “MAKE FRIENDS” command and maybe pointing to who you want them to go to.

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Trick 74 - How to Teach a Dog Recall

How to Teach a Dog Recall

RECALL is also known as the COME command. The more you practice this trick the better your dog will be in a stress situation.

Your dog’s favorite treats are the best choice. You want something they really, really want. Only say “COME” when you have something good and positive – never use COME when you are mad, going to give them bath, etc.

STEP 1

Start with your dog distracted or laying down a short distance away (maybe 10 feet) in the house.

STEP 2

Make eye contact, say “COME,” be excited, happy and positive – PRAISE and REWARD them with the really great treat.

STEP 3

Move further away and perform the same steps, Say, “COME” and always be positive, REWARD and PRAISE.

FOLLOW ON:

Add more distractions and never use the “COME” command when you are not going to give your dog a positive reinforcement when they come to you.

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