5 Easy Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Teaching your dog new tricks is more than just a fun way to spend time together; it’s a great method to keep them mentally sharp and physically fit. Tricks can also strengthen your bond and improve obedience. Before diving into the tricks, let’s answer two common questions.

What are the 5 basic commands for dogs? The foundational commands every dog should know are: Sit, Stay, Down (lay down), Come (recall), and Heel (walk nicely on a leash). These basics lay the groundwork for more advanced tricks.

What is the easiest trick to teach a dog? The easiest trick for most dogs is “Sit.” It’s often the first command dogs learn and can be quickly taught using treats and positive reinforcement.

Now, onto the fun part! Here are five easy tricks to teach your dog that go beyond the basic commands:

  1. Roll Over This classic trick is a hit, especially with kids. Start with your dog lying down. Hold a treat near their nose and slowly move it over their shoulder so they have to roll over to follow it. Say “Roll Over” as you do this. It might take a few tries, but with patience, your dog will be rolling over in no time. Reward any attempt to complete the roll.
  2. High Five First, get your dog to sit. Present a treat near their nose and lift your hand as if you’re going for a high-five. Many dogs will naturally paw at the treat. When they touch your hand, say “High Five” and give them the treat. Practice this a few times, and soon your dog will be giving high fives like a pro.
  3. Kiss For dogs that love to give affection, teaching them to kiss on command is easy. Put a little peanut butter on your cheek or hand and say “Kiss.” When your dog licks it off, they’re essentially giving you a kiss. Use a command and reward them. This trick is quick to catch on and can be a delightful way to show affection.
  4. Dance This trick is for dogs that love to stand on their hind legs. Hold a treat above your dog’s head and encourage them to stand up to reach it. Slowly lift the treat higher and move it in circles or back and forth, encouraging your dog to twirl or step side to side. Always support your dog’s balance and keep sessions short to avoid strain.
  5. Play Dead Start with your dog in the down position. Hold a treat by their nose and slowly move it to their side, saying “Play Dead.” Your dog should roll onto their side to follow the treat. Eventually, they’ll learn to lie still at the command, mimicking “playing dead.” Reward them for staying still, even if it’s just for a few seconds at first.

Remember, training should always be a positive experience. Use plenty of praise and treats, keep sessions short, and never punish your dog for not getting a trick right away. With patience and practice, you’ll have a furry magician in no time. These activities are not just about teaching tricks; they’re about spending quality time with your pet and enjoying the process of learning together. Happy training!