Dog training tip! I promised to give you some more party-pieces for your dogs to learn in the run up to Christmas. Here is one that will help you to learn exactly how your dog can move his posture. This is basically a sit with the front-end of his body!
Use this dog training tip to teach your dog to finish off any party pieces with a bow to some well-deserved applause!
1) Begin with your dog in a stand. Hold a treat on his nose, and gradually lower the treat. Keep the treat very close to his nose, moving it inwards towards his body so that he drops his chin and shoulders to reach it.
2) Keep the treat moving so that your dog crouches his front end to reach it. Once he does so, say ‘Bow’, praise and treat. Release and repeat five times. If necessary, place the back of your hand underneath and just in front of his back legs to keep them off the ground.
3) As you say ‘bow’, start to bow yourself, too – this becomes the body signal along with the command.
4) Keep practicing in short bursts – never teach this at the same time as a ‘down’ as your dog will get very confused.
5) Finally, add in some of the other fun tricks your dog knows, and make a little show.
Another dog training tip: always pay your dog well with nice food or a game with his toy. He needs to earn his wages or pocket money, just like anyone. If you stop paying, he will stop working! Be thrifty with treats but don’t be mean.
This and more dog training tip goodies are available in my book ’21 Days to the Perfect Dog’ (available on Amazon and at Waterstones and WHSmiths) which is filled with day by day exercises to get any dog of any age into useful skills. It is also good for you to interact with your dog and learn about how dogs learn.
Do you have a photo of your dog performing one of his best party pieces? Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will share the best ones on this column and on our facebook page.
Now get teaching whilst playing and having fun with your doggy best friend!