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How To Train A Dog To Find It

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

All search tasks are first based in retrieve. In fact to a sniffer dog the entire search process is a prelude to a game of retrieve. Fetching something and bringing it back on command is a nice trick that comes in useful both alone and as the beginning of further routines.

  1. To teach your dog to retrieve, you must first find an item that he likes and keep it only for retrieve and search games. A special toy is perfect for this.
  2. So have your dog, his toy and some treats handy and tease your dog with the toy then drop it on the ground in front of him.
  3. When your dog picks up the toy reinforce and reward.
  4. Repeat this and add the command word then begin throwing the toy further away and sending your dog to fetch it. Always reinforce as your dog picks up the toy and reward as you take the toy from him.
  5. Practice in as many areas as possible.

Top tip; Excited playing and tug of war are both great games that will build your dogs confidence to retrieve his toy when thrown.

Dog trainers love retrieve games because they exercise, stimulate and offer control to a dog all at once.

How To Train A Dog To Leap You

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

Your dog will jump over the back of a person on their hands and knees when performing this trick. When the command is learned it can be extended in order for your dog to jump over you. This is a great trick to add into any routine.

  1. It will be easier to teach this if you have a helper, target stick and of course some tasty treats.
  2. Ask your helper to kneel on the ground in a hands and knees position and use the target stick to encourage your dog to jump into the air beside them.
  3. Extend the jump until your dog is jumping the helper completely. Reinforce this action.
  4. Add your command word and practice until perfect.

Top tip; if a helper on his knees is too high begin by teaching your dog to jump someone lying down.

Dog trainers love this trick because it improves stamina in a dog and trust between dog and trainer.

How To Train A Dog To Jump Through A Moving Hoop

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

An extension of jumping through a hoop this trick requires some skill mainly on the part of the trainer. You will pass the hoop from your left to right and because your dog knows the command he will jump through it both times.

  1. Hold the hoop out to your left and ask your dog to jump through it. Straight after he jumps swap hands and hold the hoop to your right and give the command again.
  2. Your dog will circle and jump through the hoop a second time.
  3. Repeat and practice to make this a really impressive act.

Top tip; you can also roll the hoop along the floor and give your dog the command to run through it, this looks equally impressive.

Dog trainers love this trick because it is the ultimate teamwork and quite a good workout on the arms for the trainer too.

How To Train A Dog To Jump Through A Hoop

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

This trick consists of the dog jumping through a hoop held at any height or angle. The hoop can be suspended in the air or held by the handler.

  1. The hoop can be a light tire or anything reasonably light to lift that the dog can easily jump through.
  2. Ask your dog to sit and wait and place a treat on the ground in front of him, at a distance of about one meter.
  3. Now put the hoop between the dog and his treat, perimeter on the ground so that the dog simply walks through it to fetch his treat. Then tell him it’s OK to get his reward.
  4. Reinforce as your dog steps through the hoop and offer a second reward after he has collected the first.
  5. Add the command word and repeat a few times.
  6. When your dog gets the idea begin to raise the hoop and place it in different positions.

Top tip; remember that he will need to build confidence to jump through it so progress at your dogs pace.

Dog trainers love this trick because it can be a challenge to teach and it also builds human/canine trust.

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How To Train A Dog To Jump Into Your Arms

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

A dog that will trust enough to jump directly into his handlers arms is a happy dog. This trick will consist of your dog jumping up into your waiting arms whilst you catch him. This is a nice stand-alone trick or good as part of a longer routine.

  1. Begin small to build both your own confidence and the ability of your dog.
  2. Offer your dog something nice like a treat or a toy and hold it above his head, at your chest height, encourage him to jump and take the reward.
  3. Next encourage your dog just to jump to your hand without a treat or toy and reinforce then reward when he does.
  4. Introduce the command word
  5. Now bring your arms into your chest but still reinforce and reward the jump and at the same time catch your dog.
  6. Repeat a few times until the dog is completely confident to jump into your arms when asked.

Top tip; you can begin to train this trick by sitting on a chair and progress to standing if your dog is worried. Clapping and raising your dogs excitement will also encourage him to jump.

Dog trainers love this trick because it enhances trust in the relationship with their canine.

How To Train A Dog To Jump Through A Hole

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Fantastic and fun this trick is one of the most impressive agility acts to teach. Whilst you stand side on to your pet and create a loop with your arms the dog jumps directly through the loop, No one can fail to be impressed!

  1. Easier to teach with a helper the idea is to begin this trick low down where it is not too intimidating for the dog.
  2. Kneel down side on to your dog and place your arms in a loop low to the ground then ask your helper to lure the dog through your arms with a treat, when your dog is halfway through reinforce and allow your helper to reward him
  3. Add command word and gently progress until you can kneel and then stand whilst your dog jumps through the loop in your arms.

Top tip; your dog can struggle with the initial confidence to do this trick; the helper can assist him by using a thin leash to guide him through the loop initially.

Dog trainers love this trick because it is the ultimate in team work and also looks brilliant to spectators.

How To Train A Dog To Weave Poles

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

Weave poles can be taught quickly and easily by luring a dog through them with either a treat or target stick. Used as part of competitive agility a dog flying with speed and agility through a set of poles is an impressive act.

  1. For this trick you can use any type of pole or even cone, garden canes are great to practice with. Stick the poles into the ground at intervals of about 15 inches (or place the cones at the same distance apart)
  2. Begin at one end and slowly lure your dog through the cones regularly reinforcing and rewarding his progress.
  3. Practice this and gently speed up, introduce your command word.
  4. Gradually stop the reinforcement and reward throughout and just give a reward at the end.

Top tip; your dog will speed up very quickly when he gets the idea so do not rush the teaching of this trick.

Dog trainers love this trick, particularly in competitive agility sessions as the dogs thoroughly enjoy the weave.

How To Train A Dog To Sneak

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

Sneaky is a trick that is quite simple but can look great in many situations. Being sneaky is just asking your dog to go underneath something. For this trick we will teach him to crawl underneath a low hurdle but when your dog knows the command you can apply it to going under anything.

  1. Ask your dog to sit and wait
  2. Place the hurdle in front of him and drop it to the height of his neck (just above his shoulders)
  3. Now walk around to the other side of the hurdle and lure your dog underneath it by showing him a treat. Your dog may want to jump over the hurdle if he has previously learned to do so, in this case it’s important to be close to the hurdle with the lure
  4. Add your command word and reinforce the moment that your dog ducks his head to go under the hurdle.
  5. Practice and gently change the height of the hurdle.

Top tip; you can use a light leash to gently guide your dog under the hurdle initially. This will help if he is trying to jump over it on each attempt.

Dog trainers love this trick because it can be utilized in so many ways, when your dog knows the command, sneaky, you can direct him under any obstacle.

How To Train A Dog To Hop

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

This trick is really impressive and can be used as a standalone trick or part of a routine. You will need your target stick for this as you are going to hold it for your dog to jump over.

  1. Lay your target stick on the ground and encourage your dog to step over it by calling him to you.
  2. Reinforce and reward as he steps over the target stick
  3. Now hold the stick in one hand and ask your dog to sit and wait, hold the stick parallel to the ground at a few inches high out from your body so it resembles a hurdle to your dog.
  4. Now using your other hand and your voice encourage your dog to jump or step over the stick, reinforce that action and reward.
  5. Introduce your command word
  6. Practice and gradually make the stick higher until your dog is hopping it perfectly at any reasonable height.

Top tip; you can ask a friend to call your dog over the stick initially if your dog needs extra encouragement.

Dog trainers love this trick because it is so neat and versatile. It is also often utilized in heelwork to music and enhanced obedience routines.

How To Train A Dog To Bounce

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

The dog that will bounce spiritedly in the air again and again looks amazing. Jumping on the spot is a trick that could easily make your dog look like he is on springs. A great and fun act to watch and encourage.

  1. Your target stick will come in handy here and you can either use it or one of your dog’s favorite toys to encourage the initial bounce.
  2. Hold the toy or stick over the dogs head and reinforce any act that could turn into a jump to reach the stick or toy.
  3. You may initially need to reinforce a small inclination to bounce to build your dogs confidence.
  4. When the dog is bouncing gently reduce the amount of encouragement given by the stick or toy and add your command word.

Top tip; this may sound odd but often if you jump on the spot whilst teaching your dog to do the same they often get the idea.

Dog trainers love this trick because it’s a challenge as it’s not a natural behavior to teach to most dogs.

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