How To Train A Dog To Twist

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.

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.