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How To Train A Dog To Howl Like A Wolf

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

Teach your dog to howl like a wolf and show off a trick that is both endearing and impressive.

  1. To teach a howl you have to encourage your dog to be noisy then choose the noise closest to the howl and reinforce it.
  2. If you have previously taught your dog to bark then this will be easier.
  3. As he is barking listen carefully to the sound and watch your dog’s mouth shape for anything that may have the potential to become a howl, reinforce and reward.
  4. Ignore all other behaviors and sounds until you hear and see the potential howl add the command word, reinforce and reward.
  5. Practice will perfect your dogs howl

Top tip; Offering a howl alongside your dog’s sound will probably encourage him to change the pitch of his bark.

A dog trainer loves this trick because dogs howl sounds wonderful, and is amazingly cute.

How To Train A Dog To Say Yes

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

Say yes is a trick that will impress even the most doubting of audiences. A dog that can nod when asked if he wants a biscuit is fantastic fun.

  1. This trick is literally quick repetition of the sky and ground tricks and your dog should pick it up with no problems at all.
  2. Because you have taught sky and ground to your dog by using positive reinforcement he will offer the behavior during training sessions if he believes that it may earn him a reward.
  3. He will first offer the act of looking in one direction and when he realizes that there is no reward provided he will offer the other direction.
  4. By timing reinforcement and rewards you can add the command word to these actions and train the new trick based on joining the two tricks already learned.

Top tip; This may take patience as your dog might also try to look left and right, just keep his attention and eventually he will get the right combination to enable reinforcement of the nodding action.

Dog trainers love this trick because it is a challenge to teach and will improve timing during dog training sessions.

How To Train A Dog To Look Down

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

This trick will teach your dog to look at the ground on command. This response is fantastic for persuading an audience that your dog knows exactly what you are saying.

  1. Another trick that utilizes positive reinforcement to provide and impressive result, looking down is trained in the same way as look up to the sky.
  2. It is important to watch very carefully and reinforce even the slightest look towards the ground to build your dog’s confidence and knowledge of your requirements.

Top tip; ensure that your dog does not get confused by thoroughly training this trick separately to the other tricks that teach him to look in a certain direction.

Dog trainers love this trick because it is so easy to teach using positive reinforcement and its great fun to watch a dog work out what to do for his reward.

How To Train A Dog To Look Up At The Sky

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

This trick consists of your dog looking upwards towards the sky. Most dogs are limited in how far they can point their nose into the air so keep this in mind whilst teaching this trick.

  1. To teach this trick you simply need treats, your dog and your reinforcement tool.
  2. Sit in front of your dog and watch him carefully. He will also be looking at you, watching you to see whether you will hand over his treat.
  3. When your dog shows any sign of looking upwards reinforce and reward. Timing is crucial.
  4. Add the command word and practice

Top tip; although it may be tempting try not to lure your dog to look upwards, he will learn more thoroughly and maintain the lesson if he works it out for himself.

Dog trainers love this trick because it takes skill, patience and concentration to teach.

How To Train A Dog To Say No

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

A trick that gives the impression that your dog is saying no when asked a question.

  1. This trick is an amalgamation of look left and right but simply speeded up to a different command word.
  2. Because you have taught look left and right to your dog by using positive reinforcement he will offer the behavior during training sessions if he believes that it may earn him a reward.
  3. He will first offer the act of looking in one direction and when he realizes that there is no reward provided he will offer the other direction.
  4. By timing reinforcement and rewards you can easily add the command word, “no” to these actions and train the new trick based on joining the two tricks already learned.

Top tip; withhold reward gently until your dog is shaking his head with vigor.

Dog trainers love this trick because it uses excellent timing to chain together tricks that are already taught.

How To Train A Dog To Look Right

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

A trick that teaches the dog to look right on command, this looks fantastic when used with the previous trick of looking left on command.

  1. Look right should be taught exactly the same as the look left trick.
  2. The most important thing to remember is that it could be easy for your dog to become confused between the two tricks so it’s vital that “look left” is thoroughly learned and practiced before beginning to teach look right.

Top tip; with this trick ensure that you add the command word quite early in the training so the dog can learn the difference between looking left and right

Dog trainers love this trick because dog training is always improved by the necessity of applying excellent timing.

How To Train A Dog To Look Left

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

A fascinating trick that will impress even the most skeptical of audiences, teach your dog to look left on command and anyone can be forgiven for appreciating his grasp on the English language.

  1. All you need for this trick is your dog, treats and reinforcement tool.
  2. Ask your dog to sit in front of you and watch him carefully, he will be looking back at you wondering what is going on.
  3. At some point your dog’s head will incline even slightly to the left. Reinforce and reward. Timing is crucial here!
  4. Continue the previous step and each time your dog will be turning to the left a little more. Add the command and practice.

Top tip; do not be tempted to prompt your dog to look left, he will learn far more thoroughly if he works it out for himself and then it’s reinforced.

Dog trainers love this trick because it needs excellent timing to teach and can only be taught by positive reinforcement.

How To Train A Dog To Give Kisses

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

Teach your dog to give a big kiss on command. Kiss is a lovely and fun trick to try out on yourself and others.

  1. Sit down with your dog and make kissing sounds to encourage him to lick your face.
  2. When he reacts by doing so simply reinforce the action, reward and add the command word
  3. With practice your dog will soon be kissing you on command.

Top tip; if your dog doesn’t get the idea perhaps allow him to take a small treat from your mouth and reinforce as he touches you initially then progress.

Dog trainers love this trick because it is great fun and easy to teach.

How To Train A Dog To Give You Both Paws

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

A wonderful trick that looks lovely. The dog will get into the sit position and place both paws onto you for a reward. This is another trick that may take some thinking on your dog’s part but once established he will be offering the behavior at every opportunity

  1. This is trained in the same way as the previous two tricks where the dog touches with his paw.
  2. Gently encourage the sitting dog to put both front feet on you but don’t touch him or show him what to do.
  3. If he touches you with one paw great reward once and wait whilst he works out the next thing he needs to do.
  4. As soon as he gets the idea and begins to lift a second paw to join the first touching you then reinforce and reward the behavior.

Top tip; it may help your dog if you train this whilst sitting on the ground before progression to sitting on a chair and then standing.

Dog trainers love this trick as it’s an interesting twist on the classic shake a paw trick.

How To Train A Dog To Swap Paws

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

When your dog is giving you a paw a great spin is to ask for the other paw instead. This is another trick that will come quite naturally to your dog. It will become established with reinforcement.

  1. When your dog offers a paw reinforce and reward so that he knows he has it right then show him a second reward.
  2. Add the command word and wait.
  3. Your dog may swap the paw immediately or need more encouragement. When he does swap the paw reinforce and reward then repeat the previous two stages.

Top tip; keep the treats close in order to prevent your dog wandering away, he will know if the treat is near his nose that he is on the right track by offering a paw. He just needs to work out that the other paw is required.

Dog trainers love this trick because it looks neat and encourages the dog to think for reward.

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