Tricks & Training

101 Best Dog Tricks Ever

How many of the following tricks can your dog do?

Does your dog perform any cool tricks that aren’t on this list?

I honestly can’t imagine many more dog tricks that could have possibly been left off this list!

This list of 101 dog tricks originally appeared in the Seattle Times (03.10.05).

It was compiled by Kathy Sdao, an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist based in Tacoma, Washington who has spent the past two decades as a full-time professional animal trainer.


101 Dog Tricks

Want to keep that dog of yours intellectually stimulated?

Here are 101 tricks you can teach your curious canine, courtesy of dog expert Kathy Sdao.

The #1 key to success?… Use dog treats as rewards!

Level 1 Difficulty Dog Tricks

These tricks are a great way to start bonding with your dog and teaching them basic obedience. Remember to be patient and positive during training, and always use plenty of treats and praise!

The Following Level 2 Tricks Are More Challenging

The Level 2 tricks listed below introduce several complexities that make them harder for dogs to master compared to Level 1 tricks:

  • Increased physical coordination: Tricks like balancing treats, carrying objects, and pulling require more dexterity and control over their bodies.
  • Enhanced problem-solving: Finding specific items, differentiating objects by name or function, and understanding sequential actions demand greater cognitive function.
  • Stronger impulse control: Resisting barking until cued, ignoring distractions while fetching specific items, and maintaining certain positions require more self-restraint.
  • Advanced communication: Understanding subtle cues, responding to specific commands like “find X,” and learning names of family members involve deeper comprehension.
  • Greater trust and collaboration: Tricks like leading another dog, riding a horse, or fetching a beer rely on teamwork and understanding your intent.
  • Physical limitations: Not all dogs may be physically capable of climbing ladders, riding carts, or carrying heavy objects.
  • Ethical considerations: Tricks like fetching alcohol or carrying money raise ethical concerns and are not recommended.

Level 2 Difficulty Dog Tricks:

These tricks are advanced and a great way to build on your bond with your dog. Remember, specific challenges may vary depending on your dog. As always, be patient and positive during training, and always use plenty of treats and praise!

Ready To Teach Your Dog These Tricks?

See how we taught our dog many of these tricks.

Or, check out the awesome book 101 Dog Tricks by Kyra Sundance. You get step-by-step instructions for teaching your dog 101 fun dog tricks. Some examples from Kyra’s book:


While the 101 Dog Tricks book itself is loaded with great pictures and step-by-step instructions, some people learn better by actually watching with their own eyes as the dog and trainer go through the steps to learning a new dog trick. There’s also a DVD (Best Of 101 Dog Tricks) which shows you how to do 16 different tricks from the book.

Best of 101 dog tricks you can teach your dog

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