How To Train A Dog To Make Friends

How To Train A Dog To Make Friends

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

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.

  1. This is an easy trick to teach as gentle physical contact usually comes naturally to a dog.
  2. Sit on a chair and call your dog to sit close to you with his head over your knees
  3. When he lowers his head onto your lap reinforce and reward the behavior and add the command word.
  4. Now ask a helper to call him to them and say the command, then you reinforce and reward him if he does the trick correctly.
  5. Practice

Top tip; if your dog does not relax his head into your lap you can tap your leg where you would like him to lay his head, he will get the idea quickly.

Dog trainer’s love this trick because it encourages gentle greeting from even the bounciest of dogs.

Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover and the founder of Success Dogs. For more than a decade, he has served as a coach to thousands of dog owners around the world to better train, communicate and forge a stronger bond with their dog using positive and force-free training methods.