Well, maybe I should have said dog. I don’t think a frog or fish or canary would work. And cats don’t usually cooperate too well. A parrot might work for other tricks though….
Anywho, if you want to teach some neat tricks to your dog, here are a few that I taught Maggie. No clicker used.
- Spin around. Okay, Maggie hasn’t COMPLETLY mastered this one, but she does it pretty well. First, you take the treat and hold just in front of her nose. Then slowly move it in a circle around her while saying “spin around!”
- Shake or Paw. Maggie mastered this one in around two days. Simply tell her to “shake!” and take her right paw (we must be proper now) and give it a shake. Now give her a treat. After awhile she should give you her paw when you say “shake!” without you taking it.
- Jump through a hoop. Now this one is impressive. Take a hula-hoop (but not your favorite one, seeing how it WILL get bent) or any other dog sized hoop and hold a treat a little behind the hoop that is standing up on the ground. Your dog will not come through to get it. Well, if she does, I will be extremely surprised and admit that your dog has more sense in some ways then Maggie. So how, do you ask, am I supposed to get her through? The answer is simple. Have someone else push your dog through. Of course, you may have a St. Bernard that will not push through very easily, and that might be a problem. But once you get her through, she will probably not be scared anymore. Each time move the hoop a bit higher off the ground until your dog reaches the limit. Once they have mastered this, try to get them to jump through your arms! You will need someone helping though.
- Lay down. This one is helpful at times. Get your dog to sit and then pull her legs forward saying, “lay down!” she should slide into laying position. Give her a treat. Keep doing it until she lays down by herself.
There! Do you think you will try any of these?
Oh, and one more thing, you may be able to teach your dog these tricks in a flash, or you may have to give up on it. If you have a Border Collie, for instance, chances are they will learn quickly. If you have an Afghan Hound, uhhhh…. maybe you should just…. not. Here is a link to dog intelligence ranking.