How To Train A Dog To Play Dead

This tutorial is part of The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas which contains 99 other tricks like this!

Bang is fun, cute and universally entertaining. The dog shot by an imaginary gun drops to the floor and plays dead for an audience.

  1. When your dog is lying down on his side reinforce and reward the position, add the command word.
  2. Practice until you are sure that your dog knows that this is the position he needs to be in when the command is given.
  3. Now pretend to shoot your dog and give the command, he will immediately fall into the laying down position which will give the impression that he’s been shot.

Top tip; after practicing leave the final reinforcement and reward until the dog is lying still and this will give the trick a neater finish.

Dog trainers love this trick because when well- practiced it looks great and is also easy to teach.

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Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover, dog trainer, and founder of Success Dogs. He takes pride in his ability to help dog owners improve their relationship with their dogs, and stop the frustrating things that so often make the early years of dog ownership more frustrating than enjoyable.

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