How To Train A Dog To Say Yes

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.

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.