#52WeeksOfTricks – Week Three: Up

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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!

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#52WeeksOfTricks – Trick two: Paws Up

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Week Two: Paws Up!

Even Bonnie is getting in on the action now!

Since you guys asked for it, I’ll now detail how to teach each trick. This is a precursor trick to Horsey from week one, so I thought I’d break it down.

You want to start off with something that’s not too high, like a pivot box (which Bonnie is on) or a phone book.

Have your dog standing in front of the object you want them to put their paws on, and have a piece of food just out of their reach in front of them (in your hand). If the dog moves one of their front legs, reward, if they get it on the object, even bigger reward!

As you move the treat just out of their reach they will naturally want to move towards it, but the scary box is in the way! So it may take them a little time to learn. Once they are comfortable getting up there, add the command of “Paws up” and reward for longer time spent in that position. Then you can try it on different objects, like a chair… before moving on to yourself!

We’d love to see some photos of your dogs showing us their Paws Up skills!

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#52WeeksOfTricks – Trick One: Horsey

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I’m gonna try and work on at least the basics one trick each week for the dogs this year.

Week One: Horsey!

Sprocket took to this one pretty quickly, Cynder wasn’t sure at first but got there in the end. There are plenty of scratches down my back now…

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Dog Dancing Basics 101: Teach your dog to Roll Over (video)

Welcome to Dog Dancing Basics 101, where Cynder and I demonstrate, and teach some of the basic moves of Dog Dancing.

Think you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Let’s try teaching them to stop, drop and roll!

Join Cynder and Sprocket as we take you through the process of teaching your dog to Roll Over!

Any questions? Leave a comment below or find us on Facebook! Happy training!