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

    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.

  • va_lady

    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….

    • http://www.dfdk9.com/ Mauser*Girl

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

    • Charlee

      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

    well it be good if mine can pick it poo up

  • Haley Zandstra

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

  • Trainer Joe

    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.