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 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
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!
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!