By Jamie Highland
Young puppies can be very easy to train. You can make them do various tricks, as long as you approach the issue in the form of a game. A puppy can easily understand what you want and do it, especially if you provide a special award for each successful attempt.
A puppy is a very intelligent creature. As every young and inexperienced being, it is keen on exploration and games.
You can train a puppy and make it do various tricks, as long as you have the right approach. It is very important to be positive about the process and to turn it into a game that both you and the puppy will enjoy.
Understand that puppies are very intelligent. They will observe and repeat what you want from them, as long as you provide the proper stimuli. Little dog treats can be used to increase the effectiveness of the training session. Naturally, you will have to be patient and calm, even if the puppy fails getting there after few attempts.
Puppies can be though various relatively easy tricks. The techniques for teaching those are all uncomplicated.
This is a basic trick that each dog should be familiar with.
Get the puppy standing still on all fours. Say the command out loud: ‘sit.’ Your tone should be calm. Refrain from sounding intimidating or too commanding. You need to pronounce it clearly, so that the puppy gets acquainted to the verbal command. This tip is valid for all tricks.
Once you say sit, put one hand in front of the puppy’s front legs. This will provide it with support. With the other hand, gently push the puppy’s behind until it sits on the back legs. Once you get the puppy to sit, pat it and say ‘well done.’ Give it something tasty, so that the puppy knows it did something right.
Repeat the game several times until the puppy starts sitting without your interference. Provide it with an award each time.
This is a very simple and effective trick. Everybody loves a puppy that extends a front paw out, as a form of a greeting. To teach your puppy this paw-shake trick, you will need some treats and some patience.
Make the puppy sit. Hold one front paw in your hand and say out loud a relevant command – for example ‘greet.’ While you hold the puppy’s paw, give it something tasty and let go of the paw.
Repeat until the puppy starts stretching out the paw on its own. Most puppies will start alternating from one paw to the other if you refrain from giving them a treat. Have fun together.
Have you heard dogs barking after they have been asked to ‘speak’? This trick is easy to teach and hilarious.
For this trick, you will need lots of patience. It cannot happen on its own and you will have to wait for the puppy to act first.
Wait for the puppy to start barking. Once it does, say out the command ‘speak’ clearly. Give the puppy a treat. Wait for it once again. As soon as the puppy barks, let it know it has done the right thing.
Soon, the puppy will establish a connection between barking and tasty dog treats. It will begin barking when you give the command. Make sure that you train it properly, otherwise the puppy will keep on barking ceaselessly until you give it some praise.
Once again, teaching your puppy tricks should be an enjoyable process for both parties. If the puppy feels scared and abused by you, it will do the tricks out of fear. Make sure that tricks are connected to a positive emotion and a way for you to bond with your pet.