you like to work all the time with no chance to just have fun? Of course
not! Neither does your dog. Teaching him a trick can be fun for you.
What is fun for you will soon become fun for your dog. In this activity
you'll have the opportunity to teach a new trick to your dog while you
practice developing patience.
Dog project skill:
Teaching your dog new tricks.
Life skill: Developing patience.
Show what you know: Teach a dog a fun new skill!
The easiest trick to teach your dog is something he already can do like
catching food is his mouth or playing soccer or wagging his tail. What
trick would you like to teach your dog?
tips for dog tricks
Keep all tricks
short and to the point. Accompany successful attempts with praise and
treats. Don't repeat the trick until the dog becomes bored. Quit while
you and your dog are still wanting more.
Start in a quiet
room with your dog sitting. Say "Paw" while gently pressing his should
muscle until he lifts his leg. Put his paw in your hand. Shake it gently
and then give your dog a treat and/or praise.
Try both legs. He probably prefers one or the other. After determining
his favorite paw, use only that paw to shake. You may be able to teach
him to shake with the other paw as he perfects the trick.
Use a treat to
coax your dog to roll over. Sometimes using "Sit," "Down," "Roll Over"
will speed the process after just a few practice attempts and a lot of
Many dogs pick
up this trick quickly. The command is "Dead Dog." Instead of rolling
over, the dog only goes to its back with his feet straight up and holds
this position until you command "Back to Life." Once again treats and
praise are the keys.
Write a short story about how you taught a dog tricks.
2. Teach a neighbor's dog a trick.
Acknowledgment: Written by Debbie Hackman, taken from Canine Connection,
4-H Cooperative Curriculum System, Revised 1999.