Week Eight: Forward Leg Weave
After teaching your dog the stationary leg weave from week seven, it’s time to get it moving and turn it into the forward leg weave!
I start off this trick by getting the dog to do a couple of stationary weaves first, this gets them into the grove of weaving before you step off.
With the dog on your left and stepping forward on your right food, use your food lure in your right hand to bring the dog through your legs and around your front leg, reward close to your front leg to encourage tighter movements.
Once your dog is through the first gap, step your left leg through to the front, and repeat using your food lure in the left hand.
Reward for every pass to start off with, I use the word ‘through’ for this command. As your dog knows it better, you’ll be able to remove the lure and move forward with your dog weaving, even without hand signals! Good luck!
Check out our Dog Dancing Basics 101: Forward Leg Weave video to see it done!
Week Seven: Stationary Leg Weave!
This week we are going to be teaching the dogs to weave through our legs.
Start with your dog in front of you (parallel) and with your feet about shoulder width apart.
You should have treats in both hands for this.
With your dog starting on your left, have your right arm behind your right leg, with your hand and the treat in the middle. Lure your dog through and around your leg, reward when they come around making sure that you reward right up close to your leg as they bring their head around.
Once they go through the first time, have your left arm behind your left leg and lure through again.
Keep doing this and rewarding every time until your dog moves through quicker and easier.
Check out our Dog Dancing Basics 101: Stationary Leg Weave video to see how it’s done.
Week Five: Roll Over!
Teaching your dog to roll over takes time and patience, but it’s a great trick once you get it!
Start by getting your dog into the ‘drop’ position. In this position most dogs will kick their hip out slightly to one side, this is going to be the direction you get your dog to roll.
Move the treat slowly to their shoulder, ensuring their head turns as well (see Cynder in the photo).
Roll your hand (with the treat) over in an arc, you may need to give your dog a little encouragement to roll all the way over the first time but over time they will become more confident with rolling and do it a lot faster and easier.
Check out our video on how to teach your dog roll over in our Dog Dancing Basics 101 series!
Week Three: Up!
After teaching your dog how to put their front paws up on an object, it’s time to move on to getting their back legs in on the action as well!
After giving the command of “Paws Up” hold the treat once again just in front of their nose and move it slowly away from them so they start to reach forward.
If they move their back legs slightly as they try to get the treat, reward! If they move a back leg and put it up on the object, reward!!! If they hop up onto the object with both back legs, reward!!!!!
Practice this over and over until your dog is able to hop up with a quick command of up. The important thing to make sure is that you distinguish between just wanting their front paws up, and the whole body, so make sure you practice both smile emoticon
We’d love to see some photos of your dogs showing us their Up skills!