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Before you teach your dog to bow, the animal must be compliant with the “sit” and “lie down” commands. Once your dog learns to bow, the trick will get it (and you) a large number of admirers. This trick wows a lot of people!
Basic commands first
The first step is to make sure the dog remembers how to come
when called, sit down and lie on the ground or on the surface when you command
it. The dog must know its name and respond when that name is called. If the
animal is not adept in doing these things, you must teach your dog these
Once you are sure that your dog can follow all the basic
commands, it is now time to teach it how to bow. Order the dog to stand in such
a way that the animal faces you. The distance between the dog and you must be
approximately two feet. Take its favorite treat and hold it in such a way that
your dog can see it. Do not give the treat right now. If you think it is
necessary, wave the treat to make sure the dog pays attention.
Hand signaling method
Hold the treat in hand and wave it downward. You can even
drop the product on the floor. It is important the dog must lower its eyes and
keep both of them on that treat. Immediately praise the dog and pet it. Allow
the animal to take the treat and take yet another one to be ready for the next
step. If you use a clicker, click a little before to give the dog its treat.
Repeat the sequence for multiple times so that the cat gets used to the
movement and the subsequent reward. There is no need to worry if the dog stands
up. It will learn to link the treat (also clicker if using) with this movement
It is now time to add verbal
cues. First, you add any appropriate phrase, like "bow." Pronounce
the word as the animal gets into position. Take your hand and do the action of
putting it down on the floor to indicate to the dog to do the same with his
head. Once your dog does this, give it the treat. If you use a clicker, just
click before you give the treat. Repeat the action multiple times. Continue
with your verbal cue and also move the hand towards the ground. Switch to
pretend treat. When you open your hand while on the floor, the hand must be
empty. Give the dog its treat, but with your other hand. Repeat this multiple
times. Try giving your "bow" command without you moving your
signaling hand. Reinforce this action.