20 Unusual Tricks You Should Start Teaching Your Dog Today

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Dogs provide us with hours of entertainment, a shoulder to cry on and endless love and affection. No matter how bad your day was, coming home to a jumping, licking excited ball of fur will lift your mood and make you forget your troubles instantly.

All dogs love to please their owners, and teaching your dog tricks is a great way to let him win your praise and affection. To keep your dog safe and mentally stimulated, it is essential to teach him basic commands such as sit, stay and heel.

If you wish to take his training further, the following tricks will test his mental and physical abilities to the limit.

1. High five

Teaching your dog to high five is incredibly easy and is a great trick to amuse young children.

Start by commanding your dog to sit, and reward him with a treat. Next, hold a treat in front of him but slightly out of reach.

Repeat the command “high five” whilst gently tapping one of his feet. Most dogs will raise their foot to paw at the treat in your other hand.

As he raises his foot, catch it with your free hand. As soon as you make contact, give your dog the treat and lots of praise.

Keep repeating these steps until your dog raises his foot automatically every time you give the command. If your dog needs a little encouragement to lift his foot off the ground, gently tap the inside of his knee with your finger until he bends his leg.

As soon as his paw is off the ground, gently tickle the bottom of his foot to encourage him to raise it higher. Continue to say the command slowly and firmly as you repeat the steps.

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Some dogs will eventually be able to perform this trick without you having to give the command. Simply commanding your dog to sit and then raising your hand in front of him will be enough to get him to give you a high five.

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John Doe
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John Doe
2 years 2 months ago

Tricks?…..we have dogs that can unlock and open kennel doors, and all of the dog gates in the house have had to be modified as they had figured them out in days.

Anabel Cruz
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Anabel Cruz
1 year 3 months ago

What type of dogs?

John Doe
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John Doe
1 year 3 months ago

Miniature Bull Terriers…

John Doe
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John Doe
1 year 3 months ago

Miniature Bull Terriers…

John Doe
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John Doe
1 year 3 months ago

Miniature Bull Terriers…

va_lady
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va_lady
2 years 15 days ago

I most certainly will NOT teach my dogs how to open the fridge door. All I need is for them to clean it out while I’m away or just not paying attention. They are very good at noticing when my back is turned when they are attempting to get away with something anyway. At least my Golden is….

Mauser*Girl
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1 year 11 months ago

Lucky for you, all of these tricks are optional. 😀 You don’t have to train any you don’t want.

Charlee
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Charlee
1 year 10 months ago

Attach a rope to it for the pup to pull it open, so without the rope attached he/she wont know how to open it 🙂

kananh234
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kananh234
1 year 11 months ago

well it be good if mine can pick it poo up

Haley Zandstra
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Haley Zandstra
1 year 10 months ago

I love my dog but sometimes she does not listen she lays down a sleeps

Trainer Joe
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Trainer Joe
1 year 10 months ago

Terrible methods. Dogs do NOT speak English. Yelling unknown words at them stresses them out becasue they do not understand waht you want, they need to be taught the action first, then the word once they fully understand the action.

savannah0321
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savannah0321
1 year 8 months ago

Before teaching your dog any of this I suggest getting your dog used to the sound of the piano first, then after that if its small have them in your lap while you play a song or two if they are larger sit them next to you(:

kaylen
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kaylen
1 year 2 months ago

I need one of those for my great dane.
hes a babby but a big one.

kaylen
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kaylen
1 year 2 months ago

I jest had to stand out side in a cold wether.
and I am a girl I am 8 years old.
and my dog is not putty traind my puppy is a great dane .

sleepybookworm
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sleepybookworm
1 year 1 month ago

for some reason she doesn’t want to do these tricks, I thinks its because she doesn’t want to eat

Milo
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Milo
1 year 1 month ago

There’s one big mistake this article makes: you should always say the command WHEN the dog is doing it, not before. The dog needs to know that the command is linked with the action, so saying high-five before having him do it might not link the action to the word for him, as he will have forgotten the word already. Wait till he does it, then simultaneously say the command, and reward him, for him to learn the connection.

John Aldrin
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1 year 1 month ago

I love reading your posts, very light dialogue. Nice.

zoe
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zoe
1 year 4 days ago

awesome dog tricks

Vaugngmusic
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10 months 15 days ago

i know exclusive only 3 steps and teach your dog properly.

Nicole
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Nicole
10 months 11 days ago

I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT, he bites a lot. How to stop it?
My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

M
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M
9 months 26 days ago

When your dog bites you, you need to make a high-pitched squeal and immediately cease anything you are doing with him, turn your back to him, and walk away. This shows your dog that he’s hurting you (even if the bites don’t hurt, this is important) and that biting won’t get him anything he wants.

If the bites are hard enough to bruise or draw blood, then ignore what I’ve said and seek professional help.

Norma
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Norma
1 month 20 days ago

I have a new lab puppy terrible biting and nipping. We tried flicking nose, slapping lightly, time outs ( put in laundry room for a few minutes and the Owee that hurts and ignore routine. None of that worked. I started with treats and holding my hand out, if he licked I said ” good ” and rewarded and said ” kisses as he licked” . It only took a few times and he is now kissing instead of biting!

Norma
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Norma
1 month 20 days ago

Oh also, walking and exercise will help with his energy level and help …

Violette Wise
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10 months 6 days ago

These are such fun tricks! How difficult would it be to teach my dog something like “dance?” I have been able to teach her “sit” over the past couple months, but it seems like it takes a long time. It also doesn’t help that I have a very busy work schedule.

Ezzer
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Ezzer
7 months 28 days ago

My dog picked it up in seconds, he’s a beagle. what breed of dog is yours? You literally get a nice treat and raise it above their head until they jump.

Norma
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Norma
1 month 20 days ago
You’ve made the investment in owning a pet, make it a priority to spend time training it. I have a 10 week old Lab pup that sits, stays, rollover, leave it ( anything I don’t want him to have) walks on leash, lays down, knows get out of the kitchen and stays out and shake. Took me a few minutes a day with treats as motivation and he now does these things for praise and the occasional treat as reinforcement . He is the best trained dog I’ve ever had and I’ve had dogs all my life. Positive reinforcement training… Read more »
Nope.
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Nope.
5 days 22 hours ago

Nothing wrong with some negative reinforcement too. At the age you mention, sure. But once you hit teenager you need more structure and a sharp “no!” – and on hard pups, you need a good jolt.

I train with positive, and reinforce with negative when I know he is refusing to do something he knows (and only then – with 2 exceptions. Fluff eating – which I am sure is like bacon cotton candy, and cat chasing. Those get high electric stimulus for safety reasons).

No.
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No.
8 months 9 days ago

Piano, Piano, Piano.

Emily
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Emily
6 months 13 days ago

I took my puppy from a dog foster home about a year ago. I love him to bits; he has a great personality, and I feel that he loves our family so much. BUT he barks A LOT. . So, leaving home is always a challenge for us.
My husband and I were thinking about taking him to ‘doggy school’, but then again, it’s extremely expensive, and the nearest ‘doggy school’ is far away from us. Maybe you have some advice? THANK YOU!!!!

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