Getting your dog to give you his paw, first get your dog to sit.
Then as you say the word 'paw' take your dogs paw in your hand and give the dog a treat. Repeat this action, after a few times and do not take his paw so quickly.
Say the word-'paw', count to one, then take it.
You should notice how he is bringing his paw up as you say the word.
If he does not, go back to saying it at the same time. Do it a few more times and then slow your response again.
After 2 or 3 sessions, most dogs pick this one up quite happily.
The High Five
The high five, like a lot of tricks, the high five is a progression of an earlier trick. In this case the paw trick.
Hold a treat in your fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you would for the paw trick.
You dog will think you want to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we taught him earlier. As he reaches up, you say 'high five' and give him the treat.
Once your dog has mastered the paw trick this one should be very easy to learn and with just a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than voice control.
Getting your dog to jump through a hoop.
Getting your dog to jump through a hoop. Before you start this one, I would just like to ask you to be a little sensible and not hold the hoop too high, as you do not want your dog to hurt himself while doing the trick.
Sit your dog on one side of a hoola hoop and try to get the dogs attention on your hand on the other side of the hoop.
Take a treat in your hand and give the dog the command to release him from the sit.
At first he may attempt to go around or under the hoop. If this happens, start again.
Your dog wants the treat and will soon learn that going around or under does not get it, so he will soon start going through it. When he does, say 'hoopla' and give him the treat.
He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of hoopla.
When starting to do this trick, start with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and slowly raise it to waist height.
If you have a smaller dog, you might want to start with the hoop touching the ground so the dog just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it as he gets used to the trick.
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