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Teaching dog tricks

Dog training tricks are more than just some frivolous behaviors that have no meaning or use. No, teaching your dog a variety of cool dog tricks is a great way not only to build your relationship with your dog, but to teach him to listen, trust you, and take your cues. As a huge bonus, dog trick training also teaches your dog how amazing you are, so he will want to listen to you. 😉

After you’ve taught your dog how to roll over, you can take it one step further and teach your dog to roll himself up in a blanket!

  1. Lay out a throw blanket on the floor, nice and flat. Make sure that there is plenty of room for the blanket and your dog and any goofy dog antics.
  2. Ask your dog to down on one side of the blanket.
  3. Grab the corner of the throw blanket next to your dog and get him excited about grabbing it.
  4. Once your dog grabs the end of the blanket ask him to roll over. Reward him for rolling over, even if he didn’t keep hold of the blanket.
  5. Continue the steps, and eventually, your dog should keep hold of the blanket as he rolls himself up. Big jackpot of dog treats anytime your dog rolls over in the blanket.
  6. Once your dog is reliable at rolling over in the blanket, change your cue from “roll over” to “cover up” or similar.

If your dog is not a big “holder” this may not be the best trick for him. And that’s okay. We all have our favorites and specialties. Remember, it’s about having fun, learning, and bonding.


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Teaching your dog to leave it or ignore something on your cue can be lifesaving. Just imagine dropping a pill in front of your dog or going for a walk with your dog as you pass garbage in the street. If your dog has a reliable leave-it command, you can easily ask him to leave it as you pick up the pill or walk past the garbage.

When I start the leave it training, what I want my dog to learn is leave it doesn’t mean he doesn’t get something, but that I have something better. I feel this provides a more reliable behavior, especially off leash. If you just teach your dog leave it means he doesn’t get something, he’ll learn just to be faster in his attempts and run off if he does grab the prize. Not something I would recommend.

As with all dog training, it’s important to remember that you need to regularly teach your dog the dog-training lessons, not just once and then only when you need your dog to leave it. Reliable dog training just doesn’t happen that way, and it certainly doesn’t happen after a few sessions. Be patient, consistent, and have fun!

Teaching a Dog to Leave It

Note: Your dog’s reward treat should be more valuable than his leave-it treat.

Level 1~

  • Have a small low-value dog treat in your closed hand and place it about 12” to the side of your dog’s face. You want to place your hand at the right height so that he’s not jumping up, it’s not in his face, but not too far away. Let your dog know it is there.
  • Wait him out; as soon as he moves his face away or ignores the treat say, “YES!” and give him an amazing treat from your other hand. Not going for the treat is a win, too! Repeat. When your dog starts to ignore your hand, move to level 2.

Level 2~

  • Start your setup like level 1. But, this time, right before you drop your hand, say your leave-it cue once.
  • Wait him out; as soon as he moves his face away or ignores the treat say, “YES!” and treat from your other hand. Not going for the treat is a win, too! Repeat. When your dog stops going for your hand after his leave-it cue, move to level 3.

Level 3~

  • Say your leave-it cue and drop your hand with a low-value treat to your dog’s side, but keep your hand OPEN.
  • If he goes for the treat, quickly close your hand. When he moves his face away, praise and give him a treat from your other hand. Repeat. When he’s reliably ignoring your open food hand, go to level 4.

Level 4~

Up until now, you’ve been using a low-value, boring dog treat for the leave-it item. Once your dog is understanding what leave it means (he ignores something boring and get something better), it’s time to teach him leave it can be anything.

Start your training sessions as before, but, this time, increase the value of the leave-it item. However, you still will want to also increase the value of his leave-it reward. You want his prize to still trump the leave-it item.

Leave-it items to consider.

  1. Tastier treats/food.
  2. Paper products, tissue, paper towels
  3. Toys

Level 5~

  • Stand in front of an open, indoor doorway with your dog in front of you.
  • Say your dog’s leave-it cue as you toss a low-value treat behind you. Be prepared to play goalie! If he starts to go for the treat, play goalie and prevent him from getting the treat. Be prepared; you will have to be fast.
  • As soon as he steps back away from you, praise and treat with a better treat. Repeat.

Level 6 and Beyond~

  • Make your own levels by slowly increasing the difficulty level. If you ever find your dog making mistakes, decrease the difficulty. The goal is always to work at your dog’s level and for him to be able to win. If you move too fast, you will only be frustrating him and likely teaching him to just outsmart you.

Quick Reminders – Never allow him to get the leave-it item. If you want him to have the leave it item, YOU pick it up and give it to him. Leave it is a very valuable behavior to teach your dog, but it is one that takes thoughtful preparation and setups. Now, go give it a try!


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Teaching your new puppy not to mouth, gnaw, or bite people is one of the fundamental behaviors in raising a polite puppy. What may seem cute, or fun now, can become a serious behavioral problem in the future.   Puppies are very mouthy and do a lot of chewing and biting. As you parent your puppy, you will be teaching him what is appropriate to chew and bite on. It is never appropriate to bite or chew on people or their shoes or clothing.

Make sure everyone follows these simple rules; dogs do not understand they can do something with one person, but not with another. I hate to be sexist, but the men in the family are typically the ones who initiate rough, mouthy behavior during play, but this is not appropriate play behavior between puppies and humans. You will be teaching your puppy it is NOT okay to place their mouth or teeth on any part of any human, including their clothing.

The Right Dog Chew Toys and Bones

  • Have plenty of acceptable puppy toys around for your puppy to access.   You will want these toys easily accessible, and at least 5 -10 in each of the main rooms the puppy resides in.
  • Do not use household items as toys. Your puppy may end up thinking your favorite shoes are his toys.
  • Have a variety of bully sticks, hollow rubber treat toys, soft rubber toys, plush toys and fleece tug ropes. Keep in mind you will be actively supervising your puppy and his toys to make sure they are appropriate and safe for him. Puppies have different play and chew styles. You do not want your puppy to break pieces off his toy and eat them.   If he does, please throw them away and try a new toy or company. You do not want to take the chance that a piece may get lodged in his intestine. Surgery is much more expensive than a new toy.
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Encourage Your Puppy To Chew And Play With His Toys

  • If your puppy is not interested in his new chew or rubber bone, try soaking it in organic chicken or beef broth for 24 hours, or smudge a little almond butter on it to initiate some interest.
  • Praise your puppy every time you notice him playing with his toys while he is still learning, to teach him that it is a good thing to chew on the right items.
  • Once your puppy has successfully learned what is appropriate to chew and play with you only have to praise him occasionally when he is chewing on his toys.
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What To Do If He Mouths or Bites You

  • If your puppy starts to bite you, say a quick “ouch” as you remove your hand and place your hand tight against your chest.
  • If you are on the floor, or were squatting down, immediately stand straight, fold your arms, turn your back and ignore your puppy. A mouthing puppy = an invisible puppy.   Do not talk to him, do not tell him no, just ignore him. No attention.
  • Once your puppy is calmer, you can calmly praise and interact with him again.
  • If your puppy does it again, repeat the process. This is important because he is learning that if he does mouth you, you will continue to ignore him and when he is calm, you will give him attention. If it continues, call a time out. Say “Too Bad,” and walk away and do something else.   He will soon learn that his behavior caused you to walk away.
  • If he is really acting up and jumping and biting, walk into another room and shut the door behind you, leaving him in the other room. This sometimes really gets the message across. Wait a few seconds and return. Repeat as needed.

Puppy Tips and Reminders

  • During playtime with your puppy, try to keep the play and arousal low-key. If your puppy gets too excited, it usually encourages the mouthy behavior.
  • Anticipating times of the day or behavior trends when your puppy tends to get more mouthy can be helpful. If you see a pattern, you can direct your puppy on the right toy, before he grabs your hand, clothing, or shoes. Read more on puppy zoomies!
  • If your puppy is not getting the appropriate amount of interactive exercise or play with you, he will be more likely to offer undesirable mouthing behaviors.


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How to help your dog behave better in public.

Have you ever been a little embarrassed by your dog’s behavior in public? Maybe he is a rock star at home, but out and about, he loses all his manners and dog training skills. Even worse, maybe you and your BFF like to take dog-friendly adventures together and her dog is amazingly well-behaved, while your little monkey is all over the place. Today is your dog’s lucky day. I’m going to help you and your dog with is outdoor manners and training. But I’ll warn you. You will have to work and practice with your dog regularly if you want Fido to be chill and polite—it’s not something a magic wand can fix. Is anything?

My top 6 Favorite Dog Behaviors for Public Outings

  1. Sit: I personally love using the Sit Cue when standing in line with Dexter. When we are out and about and waiting in line for something, sit is a lovely cue to ask Dexter to perform. By sitting, he is stationary and in a place I feel comfortable with. He’s not in the way, underfoot or sniffing something I’d rather he not.
  2. Watch: I love using the Watch Cue in a proactive manner. In other words, if I see something that Dexter may find really exciting, say a cat at a pet expo, if I ask him to Watch Me as we walk past, he won’t even know there was a kitty a few feet away. 🙂
  3. Down: The Down Cue is another great stationary behavior to teach a dog for dog adventures. It’s important to realize that the down behavior can be a little harder for a dog to perform out in public because a stressed dog or overly-excited dog may not feel comfortable being so low and vulnerable. It’s also harder for a dog to spring into action if he feels the need, which again ties into a dog’s comfort or excitability level.
  4. Stay: Adding a Stay Cue to your dog’s sit or down helps keep your dog in place for longer periods of time. This is a great cue when taking your dog to a dog-friendly restaurant or watching a live event. Once again, you want to ensure your dog’s comfort level. I never ask or recommend asking a dog to stay when he’s uncomfortable or stressed.
  5. Leave It: Leave it is an amazing behavior cue, especially when you are out in public with your dog. If you don’t want your dog to eat that French fry on the ground? “Leave it” to the rescue!
  6. Loose Leash Walking: A must if you want to enjoy your dog when out in public. Nothing is worse than trying to walk your dog in tight situations with him straining at the end of the leash.

Refresh Basic Dog Training at Home

It’s time to pull out the healthy dog treats and do a refresh of your dog’s behavior cues. It’s a good idea at this refresh stage to reward your dog often to show him how enjoyable and valuable training and listening really is. Once your dog masters your favorite dog training behaviors at home, slowly increase the distractions. When increasing distractions, increase the reward value (more yummy) and decrease your criteria (5 second stay vs 30 second stay).

When you hit the public adventures with your dog, don’t forget the snacks! I’m also a fan of providing Dexter a stuffed hollow toy with food during our dog-friendly restaurant trips. This allows him something to eat and focus on, then he usually settles into his own down stay, or should I say, down sleep, behavior for the rest of the meal. Win-win.

With a little training and a few basic dog behavior cues, you and your dog can master outdoor adventures.


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Teach a dog to stay

The following technique is an excellent way to build a reliable and relaxed stay. Practice the steps in various rooms and locations including your dog’s mat or bed. Read station training.

Stay Dog Training Video Demo

Teaching a Dog to Stay in Place Time First

  • Start with your dog in a sitting position. After every second, give your dog a treat. After you have given your dog five treats (5 seconds) say “OK” or “All Done” and encourage your dog to get up. Do not make a big fuss on the getting up part; the sitting/staying step is what you will want to focus on. Repeat 5 times.
    • If your dog is successfully sitting/staying, without getting up for the five treats in step 1 increase to two seconds before giving your dog his reward. In other words, he sits for two seconds, receives a treat, continues sitting for another 2 seconds, another treat, receiving 5 treats in total. Repeat for five sets again before giving him his “OK” or “All Done” cue.
    • You will build this stay one second at a time until your dog can master 5 seconds, 5 repetitions. Once this happens, say your stay cue first. So it will go like this: Your dog sits, you say “Stay” count to five, treat, count to five, treat, count to five, treat, count to five, treat, count to five, treat, say “OK” or “All Done” and encourage your dog to get up.
    • If your dog gets up before giving him your release cue, calmly lure him back to his sit position. Do not reprimand him, or tell him “No”. If he continues to get up this means the time is too long and the task is too difficult. Decrease his time, in order for him to be successful, even if it’s 2 seconds. You want him to be successful.
  • Repeat the above sequence in your dog’s lie down position in increments of 1 second until he is able to master 5 seconds.
  • Once you have added your stay cue and have a 5-second sit and down stay, you will continue to increase the time he is in a stay. Keep with the theme of adding 1 second at a time and doing 5 sets before adding more time. So 6 seconds, five sets, 7 seconds, five sets etc. I do not typically recommend doing much more than one minute in a sit stay since it takes more muscle control to hold that position.

Teaching Your Dog to Stay in Place Distance Second

After your dog can do a minute stay, it is time to work on distance, or moving away from your dog. So now we are going to focus on steps away, not seconds.

  • Start with your dog in a sitting position. Give him his stay cue, take one small step back then return to your dog and give him a treat. Repeat this five times, giving your dog a treat after every step away and return. After your five sets say “OK” or “All done” and encourage your dog to get up.
    • If your dog cannot hold his sit position when you take a step back, make it easier by only moving one foot slightly back, return your foot and treat. Again, you want to find the balance so your dog can be successful.
  • Continue your distance training by adding one step at a time. Instead of one step back and return and treat, take two steps back, return and treat. Do 5 sets at each level before adding an additional step.
    • Remember if at any time your dog is not successful, take fewer steps. You want him to build confidence and be successful so do not, under any circumstances, reprimand him.
    • Teach your dog how to do this in both the sit and down position.

Adding Distractions-when you are asking your dog to work on his stay behavior around distractions such as being outside, around guests or other dogs, you must start the training process over at the time stage and rebuild.

Training Excerpt from Please Stay: Help for a Dog with Separation Anxiety 


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Does your dog counter surf? Maybe you read the title of this dog blog and you have no idea what dog counter surfing is. Counter surfing is when a dog jumps on the counter or table to steal items. These items can be paper towels, food, or anything else he thinks looks like fun.

Dog counter surfing is a pretty typical behavior for medium- to large-breed dogs. Let’s look at it from the dog’s perspective. He smells something tasty in the air and that incredible canine nose leads him to the counter. His nose reaches up, followed by his front paws. He then either snatches the delight or uses his paw to stretch and reach the forbidden fruit. Success! You have successfully taught your dog to counter surf.

How to Stop a Dog from Counter Surfing

Remember the scenario above? Now, envision your dog placing those two paws on the counter but he cannot get the prize. No matter what he does, the food, paper towel, or whatever it is remains just out of his grasp. Each and every time he tries to snatch something from the counter, he is unsuccessful. If he is unsuccessful 100% of the time, the behavior will extinguish as he realizes there is nothing to gain.

Don’t Teach Your Dog to Play the Slots

You may try really hard to keep your counter clean, but if you ever aren’t successful, and your dog is, you just taught him how to play the slot machine. He knows 1 out of 100 times he will gain a prize, so he will continue to be a counter surfer, and may even become a bit obsessive searching the counters.

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Management, Training, and Dog Counter Surfing Deterrent

Management is always your friend in dog training. Remember, it is so important to ensure your dog is always unsuccessful in his attempts to steal stuff.

Management Options to Consider

I don’t typically—OK, I can’t think of a single time ever—recommend any kind of dog counter surfing deterrent. I’m a firm believer in training a dog to do what you want instead of punishing him because you didn’t train him. Anything a dog can perceive as scary, painful, or unpleasant has a risk of inducing generalized anxiety or fear of a room, object, or you. This is never a good solution. I would rather see a pet parent have a great management protocol instead of using something that has the potential to cause emotional or physical harm.

Rewards Are in the Eyes of the Beholder

My final thought on dog counter surfing is to remember that counter surfing is about a dog receiving a reward. Dexter, my 15.5” tall dog has a bit of a counter surfing history. It took me awhile to figure out why Dexter kept jumping up to the counter even though he never received a reward….or so I thought.

I then started to think about patterns. Dexter had a pattern of jumping up for a few moments every time a family member placed something new on the counter, like coming home with groceries, then jumping down and walking away. Can you guess what his reward was??

SEEING! We don’t call him Snoopy Pants for nothing. He wanted to know WHAT we put on the counter. Now, if he’s around, we can quickly just show him the bag, let him sniff, and he’s done. No jumping up. Goofy boy.

It’s important to remember, dogs are dogs. They do what works. We don’t need to get bent out of shape when they’re being dogs, enjoying food, paper towels, or attention. A little training or management can go a long way toward keeping a peaceful household.


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Many people tend to tell their puppies “down” when they want them to get 4 on the floor, then they turn around and say “down” when they want them to lie down. The important thing to think about in this situation is that you have two behaviors; one to get 4 on the floor and one to lie down. That would mean that you need two separate words.

For me, “down” means for my dog to lie down. So, if he were to jump up on the sofa and I asked him to “down” he would lie down on the sofa. If on the other hand, he jumped up on the sofa and I asked him to “off” he would get 4 back on the floor.

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Teaching a Dog to Lay Down

Level 1~

  • Start with your dog in a sitting position.
  • Hold your puppy’s treat right at his nose, slowly move your hand straight down toward the floor. Be patient!
  • As soon as your puppy’s front elbows hit the ground say “YES!” and treat. Repeat

Level 2~

  • Start with your dog in a sitting position.
  • Remove the food lure from your hand and repeat your hand lure from level 1
  • As soon as your puppy’s front elbows hit the ground say “YES!” and treat (treat was in your opposite hand). Repeat

Level 3~

  • Same set up as level 2, but say your Down cue right before you drop your hand to the floor.
  • As soon as your puppy’s front elbows hit the ground say “YES!” and treat (treat was in your opposite hand). Repeat

Level 4~

  • Now, on your next trial, say your Down cue, this time only dropping your hand lure halfway down (not all the way to the floor). You are slowly going to lessen your luring to the ground.

Adding Distractions-when you are asking your puppy to work on his down behavior around distractions such as being outside, around guests or other puppies, you must start the training process over at Level 1 and rebuild. Just like you taught him to sit around distractions earlier. He must learn this process just like he was learned it in the living room.

***Article from Proactive Puppy Care: Preventing Puppy Problems.


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Leash Training a Puppy that Bites the Dog Leash

How to Stop Your Puppy from Biting his Leash when Walking

Leash Training a Puppy That Bites the Leash. If your dog bites the leash, learn how to train him not to bite the leash. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
Puppy Biting Leash

This is a huge question I get in my local puppy training classes or private puppy lessons. First, it’s a normal puppy behavior. Second, you are not alone! This question has probably come up with every puppy student that I have worked with. Why it’s taken me two decades to write about it, I will never know.

The first thing to remember is that puppies are puppies. They are new to this world. New to puppy leashes, new to the constraints of a leash, new to their collar and harness. They are very excitable and full of zest and energy. Loads of energy (read puppy zoomies)! They are also sharks in a puppy suit. They love to put anything and everything in their mouths. Puppies are playful and seem to have fun playing with whatever fits into their mouths, including their leashes.

Leash Training a Puppy That Bites the Leash. If your dog bites the leash, learn how to train him not to bite the leash. #raisingyourpetsnaturally
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Given these puppy characteristics, it’s no surprise that your cute little puppy bites his leash. But don’t worry! I have some puppy training tips for you to help you teach him that his leash is not a chew toy.

Leash Training a Puppy not to Bite his Leash

Stop: As soon as your puppy bites his leash, stop walking. Stand very still and hold your puppy’s leash close to your body to prevent a good game of tug-of-war from starting. As soon as your puppy stops biting and tugging on his leash, start to walk again. Repeat this throughout your walk.

You will be teaching your puppy not to chew his leash by showing him that when he bites his leash, you stop the walk and stop the tugging by holding the leash close. When his teeth are not on his leash, he is allowed to walk.

It works. It really is that simple, if you are consistent in the rule. A few things can help jump start how to train a puppy not to bite on a leash.

  1. Reward your puppy often for the littlest steps and attention from the get-go. Take a peek at teaching your dog to walk on a leash for tips.
  2. Teach your puppy to hold an appropriate toy in his mouth while walking.
  3. Practice your puppy’s leash skills inside the house daily for fewer distractions and more success.

Things to consider

  • Chew Proof Dog Leash? Sorry, there is no such thing if the leash is made of fabric or leather. I’m not an advocate for any kind of chain dog leash because they’re heavy, your dog’s fur can get snagged on it, and the chain can get hot. I do however, recommend leash companies such as Lupine Pet that will replace their leashes even when chewed! Buy two, so you have a back-up when you ship the chewed one back to the company.
  • Chew Deterrents: Sure, you can give this a try, depending on the actual ingredients in the product. Remember, you should read the ingredient panel on any product you use. Do they work? In my experience, not really well, but if the ingredients are safe, then it may be worth a try. You would need to apply before each walk. For a puppy, I wouldn’t suggest this.
  • Choke Chain Option: What? I know, I would never use a choke chain on a dog’s neck, never, ever. However, if you have an adult dog with a long history of chewing their leash, you can attach a very thin choke chain to the end of the leash by the clasp. Slide the leash through the ring, and sew the chain to the leash on the bottom and top. Then, when your puppy goes to chew the bottom of the leash, he bites the chain and it may deter him. This is never my first choice, since, again, the chain can get hot and heavy. Your puppy may also hurt his teeth biting on the chain, and the weight of the chain on the leash might keep your puppy from understanding what a loose leash feels like on his neck.
  • Review your dog’s leash daily to ensure the leash is not getting frayed or compromised. Your dog’s safety is at stake.

Now, get out there and walk your puppy! It’s one of the best things in life.


What 1s your most challenging dog training obstacle? Tell me in the comments.

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Dog tricks are a great way to spend quality time with your dog. By teaching your dog a variety of behaviors and tricks, you’ll make him more likely to want to spend time with you. When he wants to spend time with you, you become valuable, and in turn, your dog is much more likely to follow through with his obedience skills. Yup, it’s all about dog games and dog tricks.

Today’s cool and easy dog trick is how to teach a dog to roll over. Okay, it may not be the easiest trick for all dogs, but it is, by far, one of the most requested tricks.

A few things to consider before teaching your dog to roll over:

  • His medical condition. If your dog has a medical condition such as bad hips, back, or neck, this may not be the best trick to teach him. Please speak with your veterinarian on safe alternatives.
  • Location. Teaching him to roll over on a carpet or grass would be much more comfortable than on a slick floor or cement.
  • Trust. This fun dog trick really has a lot to do with a dog’s trust in you and his environment. If you are in dog training class and he’s a bit nervous, this may be a difficult behavior.

Teaching a Dog to Roll Over Training Steps:

  1. Grab a handful of healthy dog training treats.
  2. Lure your dog into a down position. Do not say “down,” because you don’t want your dog to end up rolling over every time you say “down.”
  3. Once he’s in the down position, hold his dog treat between his front toes and allow him to sniff and lick the treat. Watch his hips to see if he rocks them to one side.
    • If he stays in a sphinx position and does not rock his hips naturally, take the treat and slowly move it toward his back end while he smells and tries to eat the treat. Wait for his hip to rock. As soon as his hip rocks, say YES and provide him the tasty treat.
    • If this step seemed challenging, repeat from step 2. By repeating from step 2, you are helping train your dog’s body to get into that position more easily and quickly.

4. Once your dog is easily getting into sphinx position, take your hand with the treats and slowly lure your dog’s head up and over his shoulder. Your goal in this step is to get your dog to lie on his side comfortably.

  • If you notice your dog getting stiff or his paws and toes get really wide, he is getting a bit stressed or uncomfortable. Take the pressure off and don’t lure quite as far. You want your dog to be relaxed doing this behavior.

5. Once he is doing step 4 easily, it’s time to up the game. With your dog on his side, continue to lure your hand with the treat just behind his back. This is the part where your dog rolls over! Praise, treat, and tell him how smart he is!


What is your pet’s favorite trick? Tell me in the comments.

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Dog tricks are an amazing way to connect with your dog. By teaching your dog a variety of cool dog tricks and behaviors, you will help your dog be engaged and eager to learn new things. Having a dog willing and eager to learn is one of the best things you can do for your dog. Today is National High-Five Day, so let’s teach this easy dog trick.

  • Ask your dog to sit.
  • Place a healthy dog treat in your hand and close your hand around the treat, making a fist.
  • Place your hand about 10” away from your dog’s front leg, at his natural height for a high-five.
  • Keep your hand still—don’t say anything, just smile at your dog. Wait for your dog to paw at your hand. As soon as he does, say “YES” and give him the treat in your hand.
  • Repeat this process about 5 times or until your dog is readily hitting your hand with gusto. This may take more than one dog trick training session—it depends on your dog.
  • Once your dog is readily pawing your treat filled hand, do the same set-up, but this time without food in your hand. Once your dog paws your empty hand, say, “YES” and treat with a treat from your pocket.
  • Next, instead of a closed fist, place your hand in a high-five position. When your dog hits your hand, say “YES” and treat. Now you are really getting close to teaching your dog this cool dog trick.
  • Now it’s time to introduce your dog to the dog training cue, ‘high-five,’ ‘hit it,’ ‘smack it,’ etc. Before you present your high-five hand, say your cue “high-five” then present your high-five hand, he hits it, “YES” and treat.

See, you can teach an old dog new tricks. 🙂


What is your dog or cat’s favorite trick? Tell me in the comments.

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