World war 3 has finally broken out. The invasion has begun and you and your family need to make a break for it through the war torn fields and around the craters. You all hit the dirt as you army crawl under the enemy barbed wire. It’s at this point you realize you should have trained your dog to army crawl so he could avoid the barbed wire too! Okay, maybe that is a slightly unlikely scenario, but if you’re looking for an entertaining party trick that’s guaranteed to have guests in stitches, then train your canine friend to army crawl!
Despite it being a great way to blow off steam and channel their energy productively, teaching him obedience commands like these will also make is easier to train him to do other fun tricks. He probably loves to learn and he’ll be more than willing to play jester for family and friends in return for food and attention.
People are often surprised at how straightforward it is to train a dog to army crawl. It mainly entails obedience training and a consistent incentive and reward program. The challenging part comes from the initial hurdle of conveying precisely what it is you want him to do. Having said that, puppies in particular are fast learners and can respond to this training in just a few days. Even older dogs who aren’t quite as receptive and acrobatic as they were in their youth can be crawling through yards in just a couple of weeks.
Getting this training right will give you more than a chief entertainer at dinner parties, it will ensure he responds swiftly to any other commands you want to train into him. If he is full of energy then this is also an effective way to help him blow off steam, affording you some peace and quiet while he dozes.
Before you both hit the ground and start crawling through mud, you will need several things. A decent stockpile of food or treats will be essential as you will use them to motivate and reward him. You will also need a quiet space, preferably outside where there is no danger of anything getting broken and there is enough space to move around. It will also help if this location is free from distractions during training.
The only other things you need are 15 minutes a day to commit to training and a positive attitude. Once you’ve got that, you’re ready to get crawling!