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Discussion in 'Dog Tricks and Games' started by kittih, May 24, 2018.


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    The purpose of this thread is to list tricks and other behaviours together with a guide as to how to teach them.

    If you add a trick and/or a how to guide to the thread please let me know and I can add it to the index. The post number will be listed next to the trick so you can easily locate it. Please keep general discussions to a minimum if possible so that the tricks don't get lost in amongst lots of other posts. :)

    B=Beginner I=Intermediate A=Advanced

    If you need some help on any of the tricks below then please post on the trick training thread.....
    https://www.petforums.co.uk/threads/tricks-and-training-thread.486744/

    INDEX

    1. Touch (B) ...…………………………………………………........#2 Page 1
    2. Stick with me (I)...…………………………………......……….#3 Page 1
    3. Close the door (A).…………………………………..…...……#4 Page 1
    4. Pushing an object (A)……………………………………...…#5 Page 1
    5. Treiball (A)……………………………………...….……..….…...#6 Page 1
    6. Paw targeting (B)..…………………………………….….…….#7 Page 1
    7. Left paw and right paw (I).…………………………….……#8 Page 1
    8. Targeting hind paws (A)…………………………...………..#9 Page 1
    9. Step up and turn (rear end awareness) (B-A)….....#10 Page 1
     
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    TOUCH / TARGET STICK


    The aim of this trick is to ask your pet to touch their nose (or similar) on your hand.

    To begin with offer your hand to your pet and if they touch it with their nose or move to do so no matter how small then reward. You can use a clicker for this trick if you like but it isn’t essential. It may also help to hold a treat in your outstretched hand held between two fingers or put something interestingly smelly on your hand.

    Keep practicing until your pet will touch their nose to your hand when offered. Once that is going smoothly introduce a suitable cue.

    A variant is to use a target stick instead. Target sticks can be bought but it is also possible to make them from objects you might have around. A long handled wooden spoon, a plant support stick with a ping pong ball stuck on the end etc. Using a target stick is handy when you need a longer reach or if your pet is hand shy. It is also handy for more complex challenges that will be coming in the future. :)

    To increase the challenge, hold your hand in different positions when asking for touch: high, low, left, right, behind them, behind you, above an object etc.
     
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    STICK - WITH ME

    Once your pet is comfortable with touching your hand or target stick for a short while, increase the duration of contact. At this stage you may want to decide whether to teach “touch” as a continuous cue that you then release your pet from or a brief touch. If the latter, then give a prolonged touch a different cue eg Glue, Stick.

    Once your pet will keep their nose on your hand (or target stick) continuously start moving it slowly at first getting your pet to follow with their nose still in contact. Slowly increase duration and where you move your hand/stick.

    This trick is perfect for teaching more advanced tricks where you need to position your dog. It can also help you to get your dog to focus on you when you need them to.
     
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    CLOSE THE DOOR

    Once your pet is reliably touching your hand / target stick, put a post it note in your palm/stick and ask for touch. Once your pet is comfortable, move the post-it note onto the door at their height. You may need to hold your hand/ stick against the door and slowly move the post-it note to the door in stages. When your pet is reliably touching the post-it note start rewarding more enthusiastic prods of the nose such that the door is pushed a little way until you have a good push. You can steadily make the post-it note smaller and smaller until you are just left with a push on the door.
     
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    PUSHING AN OBJECT

    Pushing an object – Find an object that rolls or slides like a ball, toy car or cardboard box on a slippery surface etc. Using the post-it method teach your pet to push the object with their nose.
     
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    TREIBBALL

    The aim of treibball challenge is to ask your pet to push a ball with their nose towards you. In proper treiball you would be standing in goal and your pet would have a series of balls they would push under your direction into the goal; the balls used are generally large gym balls. For this trick any reasonable size ball will do (or for a alternative you can use a slidy cardboard box on a slippery surface or your toy truck).

    Set your pet next to the object. Set up a goal (two objects on the floor representing the goal works) and get your pet to push the object towards you and into the goal. To increase the challenge set up a few balls / objects and get your pet to go back and send the next one into the goal.

    How to teach treibball:



    Treibball in action:

     
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    PAW TARGETING

    Get your dog to touch an object with their paw. Here is a how to video by kikopup:

     
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    LEFT PAW AND RIGHT PAW TARGETING

    This trick asks the dog to target its left front paw or right front paw on cue. You can extend this to target your hand to modify it to a high five or an object.

    How to video by kikopup:

     
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    TARGETING HIND PAWS

    Teach the dog to give each of his hind paws on cue. Dogs with poor rear end awareness will find this difficult. If your dog has poor rear end awareness practice this and other rear end awareness tricks.

     
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    STEP UP AND TURN

    STEP UP

    Get your dog to step up onto an object like a book with their front paws. This can be extended to placing their front paws onto all sorts of objects for example tree trunk or boxes.

    INTRODUCING THE TURN

    Once the dog is reliable stepping up start encouraging the dog to keep his paws on an object and move his hind feet round in a semi circle. Use a low object to start with. Don't forget to teach both directions so the dog doesn't get unbalanced. You can also alter the postion you are in when you ask for this e.g. moving next to the dog or getting them to do it on their own.

    Here is kikopup talking through all the stages...

     
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