Having a dog is awesome, but not if they are running roughshod
all over your house. You want to be the master of your domain,
and that becomes tough with a furry little terror chewing up
all your work shoes. Here are some tricks to teach your dog to
keep them busy and help them learn some discipline. They will
love it because you are spending time with them and giving them
specific directions, and you will love it because now they
listen and obey you. It is a win-win! And those don’t come
around all too often. Here are nine of the essentials (and a
couple more for good measure).
The cornerstone of every other trick, this command shows that
your dog understands their name and is willing to respond to
you when you call them. This trick is sort of essential for
having a well socialized dog,
insofar as this ensures that your dog is willing to drop
whatever they are doing just to see what you want, which is a
great, passive way to display your dominance.
Is your puppy jumping all over everyone the second they come in
the door? Tugging at the leash trying to chase down anything on
four legs? Whenever they start to lose control, give ‘em the
old “Sit” command to get their attention and keep them in one
A variation on the “Sit’”command, the “Down” command gives your dog an, albeit
forced, opportunity to take a load off. Let your pup know that
this is no time for fooling around by making them cool off on
A great trick to learn, the “Speak” command can give a shy dog
a voice and take the power away from a dog that is, let’s call
it, overly vocal. By rewarding your pooch for barking on
command, it may seem like you are just opening Pandora’s Box,
but in reality, without this command you wouldn’t be able to
teach this gem: “Quiet.” Teaching your dog the “Quiet” command
is a great way to communicate with your dog, as well as save
yourself a ton on ibuprofen.
Essential to ensuring your role as the dominant party in your
relationship with your dog, “Heel” is a way to make walks more
pleasant for everyone involved. Also, it is nice to have a way
to get your dog by your side without having to hold on to them.
This one is mostly just for fun, but isn’t that what dogs are
all about? If you want to play outside with your dog, and you
don’t want to have to chase them down every 30 seconds to get
the toy back, teaching your dog how to “Give” you back the toy
will make everyone’s life much easier.
On a similarly fun note, the “Shake” command will have your dog
looking like an obedience pro around your friends. I mean, do
you want your dog to be an uncivilized cur, or do you want your
pooch to introduce themselves like a sophisticated
This trick is another great way to be able to better
communicate with your dog. If your dog is ever someplace where
they are not allowed, or should be somewhere where they aren’t,
this series of tricks will make your life much easier. “Jump
On” is great for getting your dog to climb up onto their
grooming box without having to drag them up there, and “Jump
Off” is great for getting your dog off the sofa.
Doesn’t it seem like at least once per walk your dog is getting
tied up in their leash? Sick of having to get your dog to sit
still and cooperate as you untangle them from their
self-inflicted bondage? Teach them how to “Fix It” and with a
couple shakes of the paw, they will free themselves all on
If you think you and your pup are up to it, agility training is
a great way to spend time with your dog, teach them some fun
tricks, and get loads of good exercise in at the same time.
Entertain all your friends at your next party with your
Another great party trick, but for tiny dogs only, unless you
think you can handle it with a bigger dog, but we don’t
recommended it. With this trick you get your dog to climb up on
your back and, eventually (and if they’re little enough) climb
up to your shoulder, sitting up there like a little parrot. How
cute is that?!
How To Teach Old Dogs New Tricks
Many people believe that old dogs can’t be taught new tricks.
There have been many debates about this matter over the years.
It is, in fact, possible to teach an old dog new tricks. You
just need a lot of patience and good teaching skills. It is
actually good to keep the old guy occupied by teaching him new
things. It not only improves his ability to serve as your pet,
it also stimulates his brain and keeps him from getting
bored.The ability of an old dog to learn new tricks is
especially astounding when you adopt an elderly dog. You would
think that he’s too old for new tricks but not only does he
prove to be brilliant, but also quick with his learning skills.
Adult dogs can even be easier to train than younger dogs. Young
puppies usually lose focus easily and won’t pay attention to
the task at hand for long periods of time. This is not a
problem with older dogs. They have more discipline and will
listen to you as you speak. Here are some tips that you can use
in order to make your training easier.
Train him with
treats.Don’t let the age-old misconception that old
dogs can’t learn new tricks stop you from teaching your
elderly dog new tricks. Even an elderly dog can easily
understand a reward system. Reward him for good behavior and
chastise him for bad. This is a learning process and he will
be grateful in the end. Remember to have patience. You can’t
rush the process.
Get him a
crate.This might be a little uncomfortable for you as
he is an older dog and constricting him might seem a little
odd. But it is important that he learn boundaries. Make sure
you get a big enough crate and get him to adopt it as a den.
Keep his food bowls there and give him treats in the crate.
By doing this, you’re associating positive emotions to the
Keep tabs on his
health.It is important to go in to visit the vet on a
regular basis especially because an older dog is more likely
to develop more problems. Consult the vet before training
your dog for anything beyond the basics. Keep in mind that
because he is an older dog, there are some limitations that
need to be considered.
Have lots of
patience.As it is an older dog that you’re training,
he is more likely to get tired and lose interest quicker than
dogs in the prime of their lives. Keep in mind that you can’t
train them like puppies because they don’t have that youthful
exuberance. Learn their signs of exhaustion. Some common
signs of exhaustion may include:
- Drooping ears
- Lifting his front paw
- Excessively licking his lip
- Sniffing the ground
Take it one step at a
time.Don’t try to teach him multiple tricks at once.
All that will do is confuse him. You can introduce more
complex tricks once he’s mastered the basics.
When you take all these things into consideration, you will
find it easier to train him. Don’t be discouraged if he doesn’t
get it immediately. Keep your cool and have patience.
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