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When you take your dog to obedience training, you are attempting to teach your dog some basic dog behaviors that are necessary for a safe and happy existence with your dog.
Without a good grasp of the basic dog commands, you won’t have a good way of communicating with your dog — at times when it matters the most.
On the other hand, teaching your dog a new dog trick is a bit different. A dog trick is an optional dog behavior that can strengthen your bond with your dog and enrich your dog’s day-to-day life. Plus, dog tricks are fun!
Ready To Teach Your Dog A New Dog Trick?
If you’ve got the basic dog commands down, and now you’re ready to move on to some more advanced dog tricks, just remember that it can take some time to learn a new trick.
So be patient… and have fun in the process of teaching your dog each new dog trick.
For example, it took us over a year to get our first dog to do the dog trick Roll Over.
Here’s a collection of the best tips & videos for teaching your dog to roll over.
We would practice with her and practice with our dog. When we realized she was not getting it, we decided to put it on the back burner for awhile. We revisited that same dog trick now and then, until one day she finally got it. When we started to teach our second dog the Over command, she picked it up within a couple of weeks!
Easy Dog Tricks vs Difficult Dog Tricks
Here are some easy dog tricks that you should try first (with videos!):
- Shake Hands
- Turn Around
- Play Dead
- Roll Over
- Take A Bow
- Say Hello
- Go Back
- Which One?
- Head Down
- Go To Bed
- Find The Treasure
- High Five
- Ring A Bell
- Cross Your Paws
When you’re ready to teach your dog some more difficult dog tricks, here are a few (also with videos!):
- Fetch A Diaper
- Flush The Toilet
- Save My Manicure
- Pour Me A Beer
- Bowl A Strike
- Ride A Tandem Bike
- Balance A Treat On Your Nose
- Jump Through My Arms
I have 2 Miniature Pinschers. My husband and I consider them our 4-legged kids.