Teaching your dog new tricks is not only a great way to bond with your four-legged friend, but it can be a good source of mental and physical stimulation to keep your dog active. Despite the old saying, it is possible to teach an old dog new tricks, so the fun tricks below might be an exciting new addition to your dog’s repertoire at any age. Keep reading to see just a handful of fun tricks to teach your dog after mastering the basics like sit, shake, and lie down.
Once your dog has gotten the hang of lying down on command, you can take this trick a step further with the army crawl. Most dogs will get the hang of crawling quickly when you use a treat to guide them forward from the down position. If your dog stands up to try and chase the treat, start over with the down command.
Open the Door
Don’t have a doggy door at home? No problem! Dogs can easily learn to open and close doors with rope toys attached to the handle. If you don’t want to teach your dog to open the door himself, you can teach him to ring a bell when he wants to go outside so that you prevent scratches and snout marks on your exterior doors.
Dancing on hind legs is a fun party trick for dogs, but it should be avoided for dogs that are overweight or have issues with their back legs. For dogs fit enough for the trick, you can encourage dancing by holding a treat overhead to prompt the dog to rise onto his hind legs. Once this motion is mastered, try incorporating a spin once your dog is on his feet.
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