Dog Tricks and Games
The skill and confidence your dog has developed with his education has now prepared him to lea m all sorts of tricks. With the confidence the dog has gained through his education, he is now ready to learn new commands.
You must be very patient in order to succeed. If you make it, the satisfaction you will feel will be well worth it. The positive aspect of the education process teaches the dog that he can succeed if he tries hard enough and long enough.
Note: Do not use the spray when you are teaching your dog tricks and games.
- Take an old towel or a rope.
- Place the rope in front of the dog's head, and give the command " TAKE”. When the dog takes the object, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD! and REWORD". If he doesn't, ignore him. Shake the rope and incite him to take it.
- Put the rope on the ground and give him the command "TAKE". If the dog reacts correctly, congratulate him with the SR "SOUND + GOOD! and REWORD". Otherwise, ignore him and don't give him any reward.
When your dog starts picking up objects, a set of related tricks can be added to this maneuver. For example, if you drop something on the floor, there is no need to bend down; just ask your dog.
“FETCH / GIVE”
This exercise is tailor-made for high energy.
- Throw the rope, and give the command “FETCH!”
- When the dog arrives near the object, give the command “TAKE”.
- Once he has taken the object, tell him “COME”
- When the dog returns by your side, give the command “GIVE”, and replace the object with a reward.
- Congratulate your dog using the SR “SOUND + GOOD!”, and reward him.
Practice this exercise in a place where the dog will not be distracted, such as a hallway in your. Do not take back the object every time, but rather, close the session by leaving him the object. If the dog hesitates to returns, take a few steps back, as you would for the “COME” command. Amuse yourself practicing this with your dog.
Variations of the “FETCH” Command
1. “Object in the air”
- Throw an object (like a rope) in the air, and give the command" FETCH! ". The dog must catch the object before it touches the ground. If the dog drops the object, but picks it up immediately, ignore him; do not give him the VC, because he nevertheless caught the object.
- Give him the SR "SOUND + GOOD! and reward" if he catches it, and keeps it. * Give him the command "COME ", followed by" GIVE ".
- Play the game as often as you want with the objects you want, such as a "frisbee", a ball a rope, a stick, etc.
2. “Multiple Objects”
This game consists in giving the dog many objects to find, such as his bowl, keys, a box, etc. You can also name one of the objects at a time, and the dog must pick up only that object. This will result in the dog knowing the name 01 many different objects. You can ask your dog to get his bowl at mealtime, or get your newspaper in the morning! Here's how:
- Tell the dog to "SIT" and "STAY ".
- Throw three objects on the ground: keys, a ball, a small box, etc.
- Tell the dog " FETCH THE BALL "; if he brings you the right object, congratulate him using the SR "SOUND + GOOD!".
If the dog doesn’t bring you the right object, ignore him and give him the same command once more.
With practice, the dog will learn to recognize many (The dog can also recognize a human, and bring him a in a specific place. For example, ask the person de your morning paper to place it at a spot where the d reach it, and ask the dog to" FETCH!"