Dog Tricks – Quiet

Now that your dog has learned to speak on command, let’s teach him to be quiet on command. Tell your dog to speak or get him when he’s barking. Stand in front of him and tell him quiet, this is best when accompanied with a hand signal, such as your thumb and first two fingers together in a line movement across  your chest (just like you are telling your kids to Zip it!). When he stops, even if its just between barks, give him a treat. Repeat until he does it on command. Keep training sessions short, about 5 minutes or so that both you and your dog do not get frustrated.

As your dog gets use to the quiet command, you can gradually increase the quiet time from 2 seconds to 5 seconds or more. Then, when he understands the trick, you can make a game of it. Tell him to “Speak,” “Speak,” “Speak,” and then “Quiet.” Then “Speak” again.

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Teach Your Dog to Speak On Command

Teaching your dog to speak is quite easy, especially if your dog already likes to bark when he gets excited. Armed with your dog’s favorite treats and maybe his favorite toy, we’re ready to begin.

You will want to start with your dog fairly close to you (after lots of practice you can do this from a distance). Give him the sit command. Hold up his treat so he can see it. Now in a happy excited tone, try to get him excited about the treat. You can say, “Do You Want This? Treats? Speak for Your Treat.” Out of frustration, he will eventually bark, and when he does, say, “Good Speak,” and give him the treat. Repeat.

See, how easy is that?!

Dog Trick Fun!

Johann the dog published this the other day. She has a really nice blog about dog agility, so don’t forget to check it out. I know all of you are always looking for new tricks to teach your dogs and I thought this would be a great way to build a list of common tricks for everyone to use. Don’t forget to pass it along so we can get a great list!

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There are all kinds of fun tricks for us dogs, right? Well, let’s make a list! And share it with the dog world!

Here’s how it works:

1.) Copy and paste this post beginning with the “copy and paste” line at the top of the post to the “copy and paste” line at the end of the post, courtesy of Johann The Dog!

2.) Substitute the Host Tag (see below) and one of the vacant “Tricks” spots with the name of your dog trick and the URL of your blog, just like I did.

3.) When you find out that someone has added this link post to their blog and their trick isn’t listed on your post, practice good paw and add their link in one of your “Tricks” slots, by copying his/her ‘Host Tag’ and paste it over one of your “Tricks” slots below, and republish. This makes the list the same on everyone’s blog!

5.) Encourage and invite your readers to do the same and soon this can grow fast. And if your not a dog, but you blog about dogs, or own a dog, you are also welcome to participate!

Host Tag: Cover Your Eyes – Tummy Scratch!

1. Danger! (run and sit between your 2-leggers legs) – JohannTheDog
2. Rollover – Rescue Me
3. Beg – Raise a Green Dog
4. Bang! (play dead) – Fun Dog Tricks
5. Jump over 2-leggers’ Back – Pacco de Mongrel
6. Cover Your Eyes – Tummy Scratch!
7. Super chase dogs – Gus & Louie
8. Push the door closed – Jake’s Progress
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There it is! It’s as easy as that! I hope to make lots new friends with this project and learn about all kinds of new tricks I can learn! Please leave a comment here if you have added this project to your blog, so that I can add you to the list!

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Teach Your Dog to Stay

Ok so you’ve mastered the sit command and the down command, great job! Now it’s time to teach your dog to sit or lie down for a short period of time. A perfect stay command is usually perceived as a sign of a well-mannered dog.

The stay command teaches your dog to maintain her position until you give her the ok to move. Got your tasty treats? Ok, let’s do it!

  1. Tell your dog to sit.
  2. Put your hand in front of your dog’s face and tell her “Stay.”
  3. Take a step back from your dog. Repeat, “Stay.”
  4. Wait a couple of seconds then return to your dog and say, “Ok.” Praise her, give her a treat and THEN let her move. If you give her the treat after she has moved, she will think that she is getting the treat FOR moving not for staying.
  5. Repeat this over the next few days. When your dog seems to have gotten the idea, you can increase the distance and the amount of time you have your dog stay. Start with the amount of time that she stays first, then you can increase the distance.

Stay will become old hat to her, boring, and easy as pie. Once you have mastered time and distance, then, put your hand in front of her face while saying stay and walk all the way around her. She may want to try to get up and go with you. If she attempts to get up, say “no, sit”, and push your hand in front of her again while saying stay. This will teach her that is it okay to be approached from all sides while she is in the stay position.

Teach your Dog to Roll Over

Before teaching the roll over command, your dog should already know the “down” or “lie down” command. Have you got your yummy treats ready? Ok, let’s go!

First, give your dog the down command. Wait for him to shift his hips to the left or right, this will tell you which way it will be easier for your dog to roll over.

Put one of those yummy treats in your hand, but keep it closed. Let your dog smell it and know that it is there. Then slowly rotate your hand around your dog’s head toward his tail. He will naturally roll to the side to get the treat.

Once he is on his side, keep rotating the treat around his head until he rolls over. Praise him and give him the treat.

Note: For larger dogs, you only want to do this one time, as it puts a lot of pressure on their hips. With little dogs, you can do it 4 or 5 times.

Teach Your Dog or Cat to Sit

Sit, is the first and most basic command to teach. Actually, it is quite easy. As always, you will need your supply of tasty treats and 5-10 minutes a day to practice.

While your dog or cat is standing in front of you, show him the treat. Hold it just above his nose. When he sees it, move it backward toward his bottom. He should naturally follow it with his head and to do so, will put his bottom on the ground. As he lowers his bottom, say sit. When he sits, reward him with praise and a treat. Repeat.

Teach Your Dog or Cat to Lie Down

Teaching the “Down” command first, leads to other tricks suck as “Play Dead” and “Roll Over.” The Down command should follow the training to “Sit.” Once your pet has learned the sit command you can move on to the down command.

  1. First get your tasty treats ready. Pick a time when your pet is relaxed and willing to work.
  2. Give your pet the “Sit” command. When he sits, reward with a treat.
  3. Next, put a treat in your closed hand. Put your hand by his nose and let him smell the yummy treat. Lower your hand toward the floor while putting gentle pressure on your pet’s shoulders. When he gives in and lies down, praise him and reward him with the yummy treat.
  4. At first, your pet will probably get right back up. As training goes on, you can have him lie down for longer periods of time by withholding the treat and praise.
  5. Repeat the above steps until your pet catches on. You will want to keep training sessions short, no more than 5-10 minutes so that both you and your pet don’t get frustrated.