Teaching Dogs Tricks

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Many dog owners want to teach their dogs how to perform a variety of tricks. Teaching dogs tricks not only creates fun for the dog and for the master, but teaching dogs tricks helps to keep the dog’s mind sharp and active. In fact, there are dogs of certain breeds that need to be to be taught a variety of tricks. Otherwise, certain breeds of dogs will become bored. Dog breeds such as the German Shepherd are very intelligent dogs. Breeds such as these need the mental stimulation that comes with teaching them tricks.

There are dog breeds such as the Akita that can largely benefit from teaching them tricks. If these dogs aren’t constantly trained, they will not only become bored and listless, but they can start to turn on their masters. The Akita is one of the hardest breeds of dogs to train and to maintain. Therefore, working with this breed and with other difficult dog breeds requires that the human master has to be able to dedicate constant time towards teaching the dog tricks and in reinforcing obedience.

Most dogs are easy to teach tricks to. In fact, many dogs love being taught tricks. Not only does teaching dogs create fun things to do with the dog, but it also creates exercise for the dog. Most dogs learn best when their teaching sessions include positive reinforcement.

Here are some methods to use for teaching one’s dog a variety of tricks:

Whistle Method

Whistles are very common to use for teaching dogs tricks. Dogs learn to associate the sound of whistles with commands. Dogs are very eager to please, so they will listen for their masters to blow the whistle. Many dogs learn to anticipate the whistle. When they hear the whistle, they will respond as the master commands. The whistle is also very useful as a tool for teaching obedience. Again, dogs learn to anticipate the sound of the whistle, because dogs crave commands and leadership.

Reward Method

The reward method definitely works, when a master is teaching their dog new tricks. Common rewards that are often used are doggie treats, dog food bits, bones, pats and rubs. One type of reward that dogs surprisingly love are cubes of cheese. In fact, many professional trainers use cubes of cheese as rewards in order to train dogs. If an owner uses cheese as a training reward, it’s important for the owner to verify that the type of cheese that they would like to feed the dog is safe for it to eat.

Repetition

The use of repetition is another one of the most common teaching strategies. Masters simply offers various commands to the dog by using repetition. When the dog is trained by the use of repetition, the dog eventually picks up on the new command. Repetition is used in conjunction with other teaching methods such as the reward method in order to teach a dog tricks.

Professional Trainer

Some dog owners feel that teaching a dog tricks is best left to the professionals. Professional dog trainers have a large arsenal of tricks to use in order to make sure that dogs not only learn new tricks, but also that the dog learns lots of simple and advanced tricks.