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 Six: Beg!
This is one for the older dogs, as puppies won’t have the strength in their back legs to maintain this trick.
Starting with your dog sitting, show them that you have a treat in your hand. Slowly bring the treat up and over their head, but don’t take it to high otherwise they will stand on their hind legs.
Using your other arm as support for your dogs front legs, encourage them up into the “beg” position. Reward your dog for only a short period of time in this position, gradually they will build up the muscles to be able to hold this for longer and without your other arm as support.
Keep practicing and keep consistent and your dog will get this down pat in no time!
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 Four: Hoops!
Teaching your dog to jump through hoops looks hard, but it’s really quite simple when you break it down.
1. Teach your dog to walk through a hoop that is touching the ground, this helps them learn that it’s not a scary thing (as Bonnie is learning in the photo).
2. Once they’ve got that down pat, lift the hoop a couple of centimetres off the ground and encourage them through again.
3. Place you foot and leg under the hoop (like in Cynder’s shot) and encourage your dog to jump ‘through’. Placing your foot under the hoop helps your dog to realise that they should go through, not under.
4. Once your dog is a pro, you can start lifting the hoop higher!
If your dog has a tendency to go around the hoop instead, place it up against a wall so they can only go through and not around.
Good luck, and have fun! Take your time and with consistent training your dog will be jumping hoops in no time