How To Train A Dog To Twist

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

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.

  1. The easiest way to teach this trick is to offer a treat as a lure. Hold the treat at the dogs nose the take it around the body of your dog encouraging him to follow.
  2. When the dog gets halfway around and is on the way back to facing you reinforce his position and give him the treat.
  3. After the dog has followed your hand a few times raise the treat gradually higher and begin to introduce the command word.
  4. Steadily as your dog is learning bring the hand above his body and eventually he will be able to twist with just a flick of your wrist.

Top tip; the dog can be taught twist left or twist right by using different command prompts. Teach one at a time though otherwise your dog may become confused.

Dog trainers love this trick because it’s easy to teach and great to lift the confidence of a dog in training.

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Jean Cote

Jean Cote is an animal lover, dog trainer, and founder of Success Dogs. He takes pride in his ability to help dog owners improve their relationship with their dogs, and stop the frustrating things that so often make the early years of dog ownership more frustrating than enjoyable.

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