20 Unusual Tricks You Should Start Teaching Your Dog Today

2. Army crawl

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Army crawling is a fun trick to teach to your dog that helps him improve his physical fitness.

Some dogs will begin to crawl without training when attempting to sneak onto the couch or hoover up crumbs from the carpet.

Start by commanding your dog to lie down. Hold a treat firmly between your fingers so that your dog can smell and lick the treat but cannot take it from your hand.

Hold the treat in front of your dog’s nose, and slowly drag it along the floor. As soon as your dog crawls just a few feet, praise him, and give him the treat. If the dog stands up to take the treat, quickly take it away, and start again from the beginning.

Try to get your dog to crawl for a slightly longer distance each time. Once he has mastered the trick, command your dog to lie down when he is at least 10 – 15 feet away, and then get him to crawl towards you.

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As well as being an entertaining trick, teaching your dog to crawl may even come in handy in real life situations. If you enjoy mountaineering or hiking with your dog, you may come across dangerous terrain or small caves that require him to crawl for his own safety. It is also a handy skill for hunting dogs.

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John Doe
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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.

Anabel Cruz
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Anabel Cruz

What type of dogs?

John Doe
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John Doe

Miniature Bull Terriers…comment image

John Doe
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John Doe

Miniature Bull Terriers…

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John Doe
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John Doe

Miniature Bull Terriers…

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american bullies

va_lady
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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….

Mauser*Girl
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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

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

well it be good if mine can pick it poo up

Haley Zandstra
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Haley Zandstra

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

Trainer Joe
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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.

Kylie
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Kylie

I just want to point out that dogs recognize the tone of your voice and other sounds. And we arent yelling at them, we are talling as we are doing the activity or action. You can use other methods also. Just saying.

savannah0321
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savannah0321

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(:

Suzy
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Suzy

What if someone doesn’t play piano? 😀

kaylen
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kaylen

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

kaylen
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kaylen

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

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

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

zoe
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zoe

awesome dog tricks

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

Nicole
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Nicole

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

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

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

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

Violette Wise
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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

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

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.

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).

Denise C
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Denise C

your dog is very smart and well motivated to please. That’s awesome.

No.
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No.

Piano, Piano, Piano.

Emily
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Emily

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!!!!

Suzi
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Suzi

I have to say that it also dependents of what type of breed is the dog some of them might be very energetic and distracted while you try to teach them something so you need to be extra patient and start with something easy..don’t yell at your dog … Like someone said already they only recognise the tone of your voice. I got a collie which is 4months old I was told they are very smart and love to play a lot.I only have her only for almost week and she already call me to go out, give kiss, sit… Read more »

Ero
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Ero

I was using justin boldoni technique from facebook and it work greats.