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Fun Ways to Teach Your Dog Tricks - Training Practice

June 17th 2014 1:29 am
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Dogs of different breeds can learn how to do a variety of tricks. It is possible for pet owners to teach their dogs these tricks. There are also qualified and experienced trainers in this area. There are a number of types of tricks that dogs learn. Some trick training is simple and does not require a lot of preparation and practice.

There are other trick types that are considered more complex. These definitely call for practice sessions and detailed training. The goal for learning these tricks should be two-fold. They are meant to be activities that allow you to spend quality time with your pet. At the same time, learning tricks should enhance your pet’s abilities.

Dogs love to showcase their skills and to build their confidence. It is important to not expect too much when you begin this training. This is likely a new activity for you and your pet. Even dog owners, who purchase training hours with a professional, should keep this in mind. Having fun is one of the most important results from teaching your dog tricks.

Learn Party Tricks

These are tricks that can be both fun and rewarding. There are many tricks that fit into this category. You will find simple examples in this category that you and your pet can work on together. Here are some of the common party tricks:



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Amateur training should research the best ways to accomplish this training. Experts say that praise and recognition are essential to this process. Practice times need to be limited but on a regular basis. Eliminate stress from this time and allow your dog to enjoy the experience fully.

Try Active Tricks

Some trick training activities require more movement than others. Owners must consider that not all dogs will respond favorably to the process. In fact, tricks like fetch are going to be more instinctive considering the breed. This means that some dogs are born with natural ability for certain tricks. Other dogs have to learn them in order to perform them.

Rolling tricks are examples of active options for your dog. This is more difficult for some dogs to achieve. According to Love Your Dog, dominant dogs behave differently with some actions. These dogs may not care for exposing their tummies. They may not like rollover tricks. Turnaround and Twirl tricks also fit into the category of active dog tricks.

Emotion Tricks

Some of the most popular trick training activities are those that are emotional in nature. Everyone loves to see their pets demonstrating some sort of emotion. Dogs can accomplish this through fun tricks like kissing. Most dog owners regularly get smooches from their canines, so this is a fairly simple trick. Another emotion trick is begging which can be achieved with the use of your pet’s paws.

This is a cute trick to show friends and family. Speaking and taking a bow are other tricks in this group of emotional actions. Those with multiple dogs should remember that each is different. Some pets will master certain tricks better than others.

Functional Tricks

You will discover that there are tricks that are both fun and functional. These are often tricks and activities that benefit the entire family. Fetch is a trick that can be expanded upon in various ways. Your dog can learn to get your paper, keys and other objects. A more complex functional trick includes a selection of household items.

Teaching your dog the names of these items can take a bit of time. It will certainly require practice and regular opportunities to learn. Things like remote controls, doors and shoes are great to use for these tricks. Owners often incorporate fetch tricks in combination with functional tricks.

Competition Tricks

There are many different tricks that fit in the category of competition. Many dog owners participate with their pets in these competitions. There are events in virtually every category for these dogs to enjoy. Simple events may focus on home tricks like fetching, sitting, and emotion actions. Other competitions will be more complex and require more practice.

Obstacle courses, swimming and other fast-paced activities are included in dog competition events. Professional trainers are equipped to work with pets in a range of areas. Although home training is possible, experts may be better prepared to teach techniques in the long run. Limiting the number of competitions is important so that your dog gets well deserved down time.

There are choices of training focuses for dog owners to select. Along with trick training activities, it is possible for your dog to learn other important things. Behavioral training is essential and can enhance trick activities. There are many training companies that offer these options for dogs, owners and their families. The results of training overall can improve the time spent with your pet, even when competition is not the focus.

Christopher Rollox is from Toronto and works as a dog trainer. He loves to write and share his knowledge on Dog Training. Whenever he has the time he reads books, travels in the city and dining out with his wife.

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