The Ultimate List Of Dog Trick Ideas
Welcome to the Ultimate List of Dog Trick Ideas! On this page you will find a list of 100 dog tricks you can teach your dog. They are here to inspire you, motivate you and get you to spend time with your dog training and ultimately creating a closer bond with your dog. Enjoy!
Sweet and Simple Dog Tricks
Perfect tricks to start with when you are beginning to teach your dog new things. Impressive to watch yet easy to teach these early sessions will enable you to learn about how your dog thinks and works things out before moving onto more complicated training sessions
The idea of this trick is to encourage calm self-control in your dog. By learning that he only gets a reward when he is calm and waits for permission then your dog will be focused to learn.
Visually pleasing to both the trainer and onlookers the wait command makes your dog appear completely obedient and tuned into the wishes of his trainer, this action is useful as a prelude to something more complicated. For a simple trick to teach, the wait command is neat and effective and extremely useful.
Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches a dog to focus and be controlled during training sessions and everyday life.
Shaking hands is one of the more traditional dog tricks and remarkably easy to teach. Your dog will learn to offer a front paw in response to request and solemnly shake hands with first you and then visitors to the home. Shake is an old but impressive trick to teach any dog.
Dog trainers love this trick because the shake is a great alternative to teach that prevents a dog jumping up on greeting people.
Hands up is a fantastic trick that looks great. The dog is taught to sit back and hold both front paws up simultaneously. Easy to reinforce by offering the word hands up and a treat each time the dog manages to get both front paws off the ground. The pure position of this trick makes it look like it was really difficult to teach but if you reward with good timing early on then the dog will perfect his position with little effort from you.
Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches the dog focus and to concentrate on gaining a reward by getting into an unnatural position.
Teaching your dog to bark on command is easy and even more useful because you can then teach him quietness on command too.
Dog trainers love this trick and often teach it (and the next trick) in order to control a raucous barking canine.
A natural trick to teach a dog that is fond of barking. This can be taught directly after teaching your dog to bark or as a standalone trick for a constantly woofing dog.
Dog trainers love this trick and often pass on the successful method to dog owners that are having trouble with a barking dog.
The next few tricks, although taught separately and very impressive as individual acts, can be chained together perfectly to form a practiced routine that will leave you looking and feeling like a fantastic dog trainer.
Used to provoke a yawn the statement, are you tired, can give the impression that you are actually communicating with a sleepy dog. Surprisingly this is quite an easy behavior to reinforce during dog training sessions. A dog may yawn during a training session if he is confused or unsure what to do next.
This reaction is simply because yawning in the canine communication world is actually a calming signal which dogs offer when communicating with another dog or in fact any other creature at all, including human beings.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is a great example of shaping a natural behavior to give the effect of cross species communication.
Teaching you dog to fetch a particular item is pretty easy. It is just a case of showing him what the item is referred to as. In this case we will teach him to fetch a teddy bear but feel free to replace the bear with any toy that your dog may prefer.
Dog trainers love this trick because teaching a dog the name of items and to bring them for a reward has so much potential. It can work on everything from general focus to recall at the park.
A fun trick that involves your dog sitting and placing his front legs onto a prop before dropping his head in apparent prayer. Once the dog knows the position, from his trick entitled hands up, he will get the idea of this one perfectly.
Dog trainers love this trick because it looks great and is quite a unique position for the dog to adopt, which encourages thought from the dog therefore providing mental stimulation.
Waving goodbye to an audience is a great trick. Even if the audience is just you it will warm your heart to see your dog waving enthusiastically towards you. Waving is a great prelude to many tricks and wonderful when you are waving to departing visitors from your front doorstep.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is another way for the dog to greet people without getting too excited and jumping up. Whilst the dog is thinking about a wave he will be focused and concentrating on the trick.
Great and easy to teach telling your dog to go to bed looks extremely impressive particularly when your dog is sent across a large room to seek out his sleeping quarters.
Dog trainers love this trick because as well as looking good it also provides dog owners some control within the home.
A trick that, carried out well, will give the impression that your dog is fast asleep when in fact he will just be laying perfectly still waiting for his release from the position.
Dog trainers love this trick because it enables the control within the home and encourages the dog to settle, this trick can be varied when teaching your dog to settle in his bed.
So your dog has just performed his tricks perfectly. Even if you have just completed this chapter then he can tell you that he feels sleepy, fetch his teddy bear, say his prayers, wave goodbye and get into bed to fall sound asleep. That’s quite an achievement. I think it’s time he learned to take a bow, don’t you?
Taking a bow is a nice trick that you can ask a dog to do after performing any other trick or routine. It is easier to teach this with the aid of a treat to lure him into the position that you can reinforce.
Dog trainers love this trick because it encourages intensive learning from the dog and also is a great addition to any other routine; the bow adds polish at the end of an already great trick.
A set of ten tricks that can be taught individually or as part of a sequence to create longer routines, heelwork to music has become increasingly popular and even become winning acts in TV talent shows.
These tricks will break down the wonder that is a dancing dog into easy stages for you to learn with your pet.
The act of the dog walking backwards whilst facing his handler, this is made even neater if the handler simultaneously walks towards the dog which gives the impression of dancing.
Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches the dog to focus his mind on his handler whilst also carrying out another physical task.
Twist is a great trick which consists of teaching a dog to spin, on all four feet, in a circle in front of his handler.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s easy to teach and great to lift the confidence of a dog in training.
A target stick is a great prop for a heelwork to music with your dog. It can be incorporated into the routine as a walking stick or umbrella. A target stick is brilliant for both directing your dog and as part of other more complicated tricks.
If your dog is targeted to the end of a stick he will follow it with his eyes and body in order to attempt to provoke a reward from you. This is an impressive act alone but will also open many doors for training further tricks.
Dog trainers love targeting a canine to a stick because it opens up so many options when training a dog to do tricks.
Any dog that will pick up a walking stick and pass it to his handler is impressive. Added to a dance routine it can be even more remarkable. This trick can be easily achieved by expanding on the previous targeting technique.
Dog trainers love this trick because teaching a dog to pick up any item is simply a prelude to the dog picking up many more items, this can be a very useful exercise.
A dog that crawls along on his belly is easy to teach even though this looks like a complicated trick.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is simple to teach yet looks like a complicated behavior. The dog can then be taught to crawl under things, which is also an extremely cute trick.
A dog that is laying down in front of you can easily and quickly be taught to roll over onto his back then return to his stomach in a quick 360 degree turn. A quick trick that can fit in perfectly with many other maneuvers
Dog trainers love this trick because it can also be used to teach a dog to roll in his blanket, an impressive enhancement to canine bedtime
This trick looks very intense and is indeed an expert example of teamwork; a walking handler is joined by a keen dog weaving through his masters legs.
Dog trainers love this trick because it looks so smooth and easy when perfected.
A trick that involves the dog circling his master’s body, this looks neat and is very impressive.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is easy to teach but can be added to a sequence of heel work or obedience to add flair to any routine.
A great trick that can be physically taxing for older or less fit dogs, this trick is for the fittest and most physically capable of canines. For this trick your dog will learn to stand on his rear legs.
Dog trainers love this trick because it improves a dog’s stamina and focus.
This is a variation of the stand tall exercise, a dog that has perfected balance is then asked to walk on his back legs.
Dog trainers love this trick because it improves focus, balance and stamina for a dog. It is also quite challenging on dog training ability.
The Service Dog
A dog that can help around the house is a delight, even more so when you can show his skills off to your friends and family.
This is quite a popular trick and surprisingly easy to teach. Your dog will learn how to close an open door when asked to do so.
Dog trainers love this trick because it utilizes a fantastic positive training technique which is targeting with positive reinforcement.
A trick that teaches your dog to open a door, some dogs may need a little help with this due to size and handle type, a dog that can open a door on command will impress everyone in the room.
Dog trainer’s love this trick because when your dog can open a door this can progress to more impressive acts.
A trick that can be used every day, teach your dog to fetch the TV remote and you will never lose it again. Prepare for a soggy remote if you have a particularly slobbery dog.
Dog trainers love this trick because it can be utilized in many ways in order to train a dog to retrieve almost anything.
A fantastic trick taught to service dogs that live with disabled and older people. Your dog will see that you have dropped your keys and pick them up from the ground to pass back to you.
For this trick it may help that you have a cute or plush key ring, even some knotted material on your key fob will help your dog to lift and carry your keys. This trick does not necessarily need a command word for it calls to the initiative of your dog.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is teaching a dog to use his initiative when he sees your keys drop to the ground.
An extension of the previously taught trick of picking up dropped keys, the find keys trick is most useful if keys are dropped out walking or lost in the home.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is one of the most useful things a dog can do and is also really easy to teach.
A great and most useful trick, your dog could easily learn that bringing you the newspaper is one of his daily tasks.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is a great way to teach a positive response to the mailman.
There is no command to this trick because each item will have its own command word. However if you have a bone, bear and ball and would like your dog to recognize each by name then this is the trick for you.
Dog trainers love this trick because it appears truly skillful to train a dog to pick out one particular item by name when faced with many.
This is a truly heartwarming trick used by dog trainers when teaching a dog to respond to the alarm clock and wake a deaf person in a morning. You can teach your dog to do this too although it will take time and patience it is great fun and very rewarding.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s a great experience to be woken by a keen and loving canine rather than the electronic sound of an alarm clock.
This is a fun trick for all of the family. Writing a note and passing it to the dog to take to someone in another room is great.
Dog trainers love this trick because it can be easily modified and a dog can be a useful addition to a busy household by enhancing communication in a fun way.
Having your dog fetch you a drink from a fridge or cupboard is entertaining and when he knows how to open a door it’s not so difficult to teach
Dog trainer’s love this trick because trained carefully most dogs can be taught to fetch a cold drink from the fridge for their owners.
Surprisingly easy to teach tricks that also ensure your dog helps around the house as much as possible.
Great for cleaning off muddy paws after a walk, you can teach your dog to wipe his paws on a mat at the front door before entering the house.
Dog trainers love this trick because it utilizes the natural behavior of a dog and is helpful after long muddy walks, perfect for multi dog homes.
A dog that shakes on command is both useful and fun to watch. This is a natural behavior for a dog with a wet coat so not difficult to reinforce but looks great when performed by a dry dog. You can utilize this trick after a wet walk to keep water out of the house.
Dog trainers love this trick because this is truly dog training by positive reinforcement alone.
Teaching your dog to put his toys away is very rewarding. Watching him gather everything into a box when asked is impressive and will make you proud.
Dog trainers love this trick because it really makes the dog think about the goal to get his reward.
A dog that will fetch the phone when it rings is a really useful trick to teach.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is useful and very impressive.
Fun and impressive, the act of your dog taking off your socks never gets old.
Dog trainers love this trick because playing tug raises the confidence of a sensitive dog.
Fantastic fun, a dog that helps you off with your coat as you walk into a room is a really impressive trick.
Dog trainers love this trick because it encourages focus from the dog on greeting therefore prevents over excitement.
Fantastic and useful, teach your dog to put the laundry into the basket and he will certainly be earning his biscuits. This trick is similar to putting his toys away and a great addition to removing your socks or jacket.
Dog trainers love this trick because it provides a base for many other tricks
Teach your dog to close the curtains and impress visitors every time he does it on command.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is fun and is a little unusual.
The agility Dog
Tricks that teach your dog to be agile which are also really impressive to watch. It’s important that your dog is fit and healthy for these tricks; they are perfect for wearing out a bouncy dog.
This is fun! Teaching your dog to jump over hurdles is addictive, a big part of competitive agility training hurdles will both use up your dogs energy and encourage him to focus on you.
Dog trainers love this trick because it encourages focus whilst improving stamina and fitness.
The dog that will bounce spritely 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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s a challenge as it’s not a natural behavior to teach to most dogs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick, particularly in competitive agility sessions as the dogs thoroughly enjoy the weave.
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!
Dog trainers love this trick because it is the ultimate in team work and also looks brilliant to spectators.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it enhances trust in the relationship with their canine.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it can be a challenge to teach and it also builds human/canine trust.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is the ultimate teamwork and quite a good workout on the arms for the trainer too.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it improves stamina in a dog and trust between dog and trainer.
The working dog
Dogs are employed throughout the world to do many jobs. These tricks will give you an idea of how they are trained in some common roles, and also give your dog a taste of the working life.
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.
Dog trainers love retrieve games because they exercise, stimulate and offer control to a dog all at once.
Present is a useful trick for a dog that likes to hold on to a toy and not give it back to you. Your dog will learn to come to you with a toy in his mouth and sit before offering you the opportunity to take the toy from him.
Dog trainers love the retrieve and present as it encourages focus on the toy on walks and during training sessions.
Search tricks to impress
The following tricks are based on search techniques used in professional dog training organizations. The information is simply to give you a taster and help you to entertain yourself and your dog you will have a lot of fun and enjoy the results of this training. The same command word is fine to be used for all of the search tricks, seek or find are good examples of search commands.
Encouraging your dog to use his nose is a learning process for both of you. This trick is a good way to teach scenting to find a toy which also looks great to an audience
Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches focus and control to a dog.
A trick that consists of your dog searching a room to find his toy, with practice your dog will be able to sniff out his toy in cupboards and at any height. To train this trick you may need a helper to hold your dog so that he can watch you hide the toy.
Dog trainers love this trick because it uses a dog’s energy up both mentally and physically.
Searching the garden for a toy is a great trick particularly at barbeques where your dog can show off his expertise in style.
Dog trainers love this trick, it’s great for stamina, focus and any dog that can search is a crowd pleaser.
Searching a route originates from gaining security clearance along roads or through built up areas. It is not safe to do this search in traffic. However, if you regularly walk up a quiet lane or similar, searching the walking route for his toy will give your dog a good physical and mental workout.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is great for physical fitness and stamina of a dog.
A dog that searches the outside of a vehicle for his toy is impressive. This is a fun trick for party parking, your own vehicle security dog.
Dog trainers love this trick because it looks professional and encourages the dog to think.
Often seen at airports and similar environments the dog that can search a group of people is a head turner. A great trick again to have at parties and for this trick you will need a group of willing volunteers to practice on.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s professional and encourages the dog to work hard with his nose.
Tracking a person at the park is another trick that your dog will need to use his nose for. You will need a helper for this. Teaching a dog to track is great fun.
Dog trainers love this trick because it will wear out even the most energetic of dogs.
The passive response is the act of the dog asking nicely for his toy. This is taught in situations where a search dog is scenting for explosives and must not touch the area of his find. As a dog trick this can be called “ask nicely” or “patience”
Dog trainers love this trick because it teaches focus perfectly.
A selection of dog tricks that everyone enjoys which are also surprisingly easy to teach. All of these tricks can be taught by using positive reinforcement and the following pages will show you how.
Few people greet a dog without asking for a paw, this trick is as old as the sit request but a dog that gives a paw on command will always bring a smile.
Dog trainers love this classic trick particularly taught with positive reinforcement.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it looks neat and encourages the dog to think for reward.
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
Dog trainers love this trick as it’s an interesting twist on the classic shake a paw trick.
Teach your dog to give a big kiss on command. Kiss is a lovely and fun trick to try out on yourself and others.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is great fun and easy to teach.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it needs excellent timing to teach and can only be taught by positive reinforcement.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because dog training is always improved by the necessity of applying excellent timing.
A trick that gives the impression that your dog is saying no when asked a question.
Dog trainers love this trick because it uses excellent timing to chain together tricks that are already taught.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it takes skill, patience and concentration to teach.
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.
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.
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.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is a challenge to teach and will improve timing during dog training sessions.
Teach your dog to howl like a wolf and show off a trick that is both endearing and impressive.
A dog trainer loves this trick because dogs howl sounds wonderful, and is amazingly cute.
Similar to howling but this trick ensures that your dog sings along with you so you can offer a fantastic duet to an appreciative audience.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is fun and a great stress reliever.
Teach your dog to growl on command.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s unusual to see a dog growling at his handler in order to obtain a treat.
Teach your dog to come running keenly when he hears the sound of a whistle.
Dog trainers love this trick because it enhances canine recall.
A trick that enables you to tell your dog to stand completely still, this act will help your dog to disregard anything that is going on around him.
Dog trainers love this trick because it combines focus and concentration for both dog and trainer.
Fetching a bowl is an excellent trick where your dog fetches his food bowl to ask you to fill it with food. This looks great however you may be fending off a hungry dog more often than you would like.
Dog trainers love this trick because a hungry and persistent dog will never allow you to forget their meal.
High five is a trick that is an extension from giving a paw and wave goodbye.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is great at the end of a combined routine.
The ultimate in self-control is a dog that will hold a biscuit on his nose and then give it back unharmed. This trick will help you to teach your dog just that!
Dog trainers love this trick because it encourages control and focus.
Teaching this trick will ensure that your dog learns to stay completely still when you ask him to stay despite what is going on around him.
Dog trainers love this trick because it offers control in busy situations.
This is a stay where you can go out of sight but the dog will not move. This stay is a good trick to first practice in the garden and perfect at the park.
Dog trainers love this trick because it enhances trust and provides control.
Cute tricks for the cutest dogs
A group of cute and classic dog tricks which you will never get tired of.
A classic trick with the twist of being taught by positive reinforcement. A dog that will fetch your slippers is useful and fun.
Dog trainers love this classic trick because it is useful and extremely cute.
Every dog should be able to fetch his leash when asked. In fact if you teach this trick to your dog don’t be surprised if he fetches it whether he has been asked or not.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is classic and never ages.
This is one of the most endearing tricks which your dog can learn and perform. He will approach someone gently and place his head in their lap or on their leg. Offering friendship as only a dog does.
Dog trainer’s love this trick because it encourages gentle greeting from even the bounciest of dogs.
A dog that smiles is funny and incredibly cute. Some offer a submissive smile naturally which is easy to reinforce. The important thing about this trick is to recognize your dog’s individual smile and shape it with reinforcement.
Dog trainers love this trick because it can be a challenge to teach, and dog trainers love a challenge.
Most dogs make a snuffling noise when they become excited. It’s not quite a sneeze and most often occurs when you have one to one contact with your dog. This sound is best described as laughter. The trick of asking your dog to laugh is wonderful to witness because you can really tell that he is having fun.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s unusual and wonderful to see a dog laughing.
Get busy is an extremely useful trick because this is the act of toileting outside on command, which will help you extensively when short of time on walks.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s extremely useful to use before training sessions.
Bang is fun, cute and universally entertaining. The dog shot by an imaginary gun drops to the floor and plays dead for an audience.
Dog trainers love this trick because when well- practiced it looks great and is also easy to teach.
This trick consists of your dog lifting his paw and touching his nose on command.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is another trick that offers the suggestion that your dog speaks your language.
This trick teaches your dog to lie on the ground and put his paw over his muzzle as if ashamed or in trouble.
Dog trainers love this trick because it looks extremely cute and takes some concentration to train.
This trick is great to fool unsuspecting visitors as your dog will lift his paw into the air feigning injury.
Dog trainers love this trick because dog and trainer can work as a team to provoke a sympathetic reaction from any onlooker.
This trick involves your dog going around any obstacle on command this can include the sofa, car or even a lake on a walk.
Dog trainers love this trick because it’s original and fun.
Your dog will happily catch treats all day, this trick will teach him to catch more unusual objects.
Dog trainers love this trick because it encourages alertness and focus.
This trick is wonderful, it is taught to assistance dogs as a way to get their handlers attention by applying a gentle nudge from the nose.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is teaching your dog a non-invasive and gentle way to ask for your attention.
This trick is teaching your dog the act of touching an item with his paw. This can come in handy for many things from switching on a light to ringing a bell.
Dog trainers love this trick because targeting to a disk enables the dog to touch any object with little further training.
The ultimate dog trick is ringing a doorbell to come back into the house from the garden.
Dog trainers love this trick because it encourages a dog to use his initiative.
Some advanced tricks that you can add to a routine which provide pure flair! These next tricks utilize the use of your target stick.
This is a physically demanding trick that must only be carried out by a dog that has physically sound hips and rear legs. He will learn to stand up on his rear legs and twirl in a circle; it looks impressive and is great fun.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is amazing to watch and extremely impressive.
This trick is fun and consists of your dog spinning quickly in a continuous circle on all four feet until released from the trick.
Dog trainers love this trick because it uses up canine energy and looks fantastic.
All change is a trick where the dog loops first one way and then the other; it looks great and due to the change in direction is extremely impressive.
Dog trainers love this trick because it requires focus during intense physical activity.
This trick looks pretty and is great as part of an enhanced obedience routine. Your dog will quickly complete a loop around your target stick.
Dog trainers love this trick because it is great fun ad a wonderful use of a prop to complete and impressive canine freestyle routine.
A perfect final trick to teach your dog is the freeze. Your dog will literally become a statue in whichever position he is in at the time and not move until released.
Dog trainers love this trick because it requires the ultimate timing and skill to teach.