Tricks

High Five

Teaching your dog to high five is incredibly easy and is a great trick to amuse young children.

Start by commanding your dog to sit, and reward him with a treat. Next, hold a treat in front of him but slightly out of reach.

Repeat the command “high five” whilst gently tapping one of his feet. Most dogs will raise their foot to paw at the treat in your other hand.

Army Crawl

Army crawling is a fun trick to teach to your dog that helps him improve his physical fitness.

Some dogs will begin to crawl without training when attempting to sneak onto the couch or hoover up crumbs from the carpet.

Start by commanding your dog to lie down. Hold a treat firmly between your fingers so that your dog can smell and lick the treat but cannot take it from your hand.

Pick Up Toys

If you keep your dog’s toys neatly stored in a basket, chances are he will be able to take them out and spread them all over the house without any encouragement.

Getting him to put them back again is a completely different issue. With a little patience and determination, you will eventually be able to teach your dog to clean up after himself.

Sit on the floor with your dog’s toy basket in front of you. Choose one toy, and throw it to the other side of the room. Once your dog chases after it, hold a treat over his toy basket, and call him back to you.

If he drops the toy before returning, remove the treat from his sight, and command him to fetch the toy. It may take a while for your dog to get the hang of this, and it is much easier if he already knows how to fetch.