Your party is in full swing; Susan has just pulled out her Nixon impression and David has balanced a tea spoon on his nose. Unfortunately, the attention has now turned towards you. You nervously laugh, look around the room and finally your eyes fall on your dog. If only he could do back flips or chase his own tail, then you’d be saved from this awkward part of the evening. Party tricks are great fun if you’ve got one, but if you don’t, any escape is welcome.
Fortunately, if you have a dog you can escape ever having to learn an entertaining trick yourself. Simply train your dog to chase his own tail and he can have all the limelight when these moments come around. There’s also the added bonus that this type of training will make it easier to train him to do a range of other things, from ‘heel’ to ‘stay’.
The command itself is a straightforward obedience command, using a word of your choice. The complicated part comes from communicating to your canine pal what it is you want him to do. The good news is that if he’s a young and enthusiastic puppy, he should be keen to learn and may pick up the trick in just a few days. If he’s graying and spends more time lying in doorways then polishing off his circus tricks, then you may need to invest a couple of weeks into your training campaign. Regardless of his age, all dogs are able to learn this trick in a relatively short space of time.
For your investment, you’ll get a fun and amusing trick to show family and friends, plus you’ll have an effective way to help him blow off steam if he seems to have an unlimited supply of energy.
Before you turn him into an eligible member of the circus you’ll need to get several things together. The first thing you’ll require is treats or his favorite food broken into small pieces. You’ll use this to incentivize and reward him.
You’ll also need a quiet space where he won’t bring down or break anything valuable. You could use a garage, yard or anywhere else that’s suitable.
The only other things you’ll need are time, patience and a proactive attitude. Once you’ve armed yourself with the above you’ll be ready to get training!