10 Simple Tricks To Teach Your Dog

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One of the fun activities that you and your dog can do together is to learn new tricks. If you have a few free minutes a day, and some small treats to use as a reward, you will be surprised at how fast your dog can learn some pretty impressive tricks. You don’t have to do this with an eye toward obedience or a dog show – it can just be a great time for you and your dog to bond and have fun.

1. Roll Over

This classic trick asks your dog to lay down, and then roll over onto his or her back. Usually rewarding this trick with a nice belly rub is enough motivation for them to do it over and over.

2. Sit

So this one might not qualify as a ‘trick’, but it’s still an important skill that your dog will quickly master. It is an essential trick that everyone needs to start out with when trying to train a dog, simply because it is the easiest for you to teach and the easiest for the dog to learn.
[mnleft]It will teach your dog to be obedient and listen to you. Teaching a dog to sit is the first step in establishing a relationship as an owner and showing your dog that you are a figure of authority that he or she needs to listen to.

3. Fetch

Playing a game of fetch is endless fun for many dogs, so teaching your buddy to retrieve a rope, stick or tennis ball is a great one to learn. This is also a nice way for them to get exercise on a regular basis.

4. Stay

Most dogs want to follow their owners wherever they go, so stay can be a tough one. With some practice, you can get your dog to wait in a sitting position until you release them.

5. Shake

This trick has your dog reach out a paw and shake hands with you, just as a human would do. Most dogs can master this one with minimal practice.

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