Dog Tricks

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Dog Tricks

by Eric Hartwell

The challenges owners face with dog ownership are not limited to bathing, feeding and grooming but also encompasses teaching it tricks. Though this is not a necessary part of a dog?s life, owners who have taken unto themselves the task of teaching their pets are rewarded with a deep sense of accomplishment and understanding of their pet.

All dogs regardless of their breed can be taught, but some have the ability to learn very quickly, while some require more patience and understanding. Dogs that have difficulty in learning tricks quickly just need some time and gentle coaxing to finally learn the trick.

Breeding Matters

An important factor to consider when training your dog is to have an idea of its breed. Dogs that were bred to do specific tasks are more likely to be easier to teach. For instance, a dog that comes from a long line of sheepherder breeds can be counted on to be a better follower of tricks and instructions. Moreover, such a breed of dog can also be relied on to be good pack leaders.

However, this does not mean that mixed-breeds and dogs coming from generally stubborn breeds cannot be taught. In fact dogs of all shapes and sizes can be taught tricks; it?s just a matter of patience, skill, and positive outlook or attitude on your part.

The Young Dog Gets the Tricks?

Start them young. Dogs that are trained when they are just pups have the highest likelihood of learning tricks. Most owners who teach their pups learn quickly irregardless of their breed. Owners who teach their pups the basic trick of jumping and playing dead are successful. I am sure of this, for I too have trained my dog when she was young.

Teaching a dog new tricks often involves mistakes. Owners who have mastered the art of teaching their pups often let these mistakes pass by. Instead of being angry or frustrated, play with the pup; this would allow the puppy to be comfortable, which may lead it to learn fast.

Treats for Tricks

When a dog does the correct trick, the corresponding treat should be awarded. Do not forget to do this. A tasty treat often serves as a boost when teaching the dogs those tricks. A pup will learn quickly that by every act or trick he does correctly, he will be given the tasty treat.

You shouldn?t get overly excited when training your pet. You should not scold him; always be good natured. Remember that constant repetition of the same act will sooner or later persuade and coax him to continue learning what you are trying to teach him.

Lastly, teaching your dog to perform additional tricks not just for your amusement but with a view to harnessing their individual talents will be a rewarding and fulfilling occupation. Though some breeds of dogs have physical limitations, feel free to continue teaching your dog new tricks. Consequently both you and your dog will realize how fun it is to be ?tricking and treating.?

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