Click Click: Teach Your Dog These 6 Easy Tricks With A Push Of A Button

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Clicker training is great fun. When you start using a clicker to train your dog, you will see a look on his face like never before.

His brow will furrow and you will almost hear his mind working. So grab your clicker, a handful of treats and let’s get training.

1. Tuning In

The first thing your dog will need to know is what the sound means. This process is called “tuning in” and is fairly easy.

Begin by making sure your treats are tiny, enough for a taste but not big enough to chew, making it the perfect size for a reward-based training session.

Then do a few 10-minute exercises by pressing the clicker as you give your dog a treat; he needs to associate the sound with a reward.

You’ll know when he is tuned in because he’ll send his best puppy-eyes your way when he hears a click.

2. Sit

This is easy to teach because sitting is a dog’s default position.

You just capture the act with a click. So show your dog his reward and wait. [mnright]

It may take a short time, but your dog will eventually sit whilst he decides what to do. At this point press the clicker, say “sit” and give him the treat.

This is easy to teach because sitting is a dog’s default position. You just capture the act with a click. So show your dog his reward and wait.

It may take a short time, but your dog will eventually sit whilst he decides what to do.

At this point press the clicker, say “sit” and give him the treat. This, of course, is one of the default commands that you should teach your dog if you are not only trying to teach him tricks, but also disciple him and make him respect you as a figure of authority.

Sitting should come easy, but it does take a little bit of effort. It’s also important to teach this trick right away, right when the dog is still a puppy. Once you have conquered “sit,” you will be ready for more impressive tricks.

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3. Shake a Paw

Simply hold your treat in a closed fist and show the dog.

He will instinctively at some point lift his paw up, so the second he does, click and say the word “paw”.

Repeat the command until he touches your hand with his paw when you ask.

4. Sit Up

When your dog has learned to sit, simply hold a treat over his head until his front legs leave the ground.

When they do, quickly capture the position with a click and say the words “sit up”.

Soon enough your pooch will be balancing on his bottom on command.

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5. Down

For this you can put a treat under your foot. Make sure that your dog sees you hide it there and then wait.

He may try to dig the treat out but will eventually lie down; the second that he does, click to capture the position, say “down” and reward him.

6. Roll Over

For this we use something called a lure. When your dog is lying down, lure a treat near his nose and then trace it over his shoulder until he rolls over.

The moment he begins to roll, click, say “roll over” and give him the treat.

When you have perfected these few easy tricks I can guarantee that you and your dog will be addicted to clicker training.

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