Dogs are awesome sources of companionship. They accompany their owners on walks, snuggle up during movie time, and are great at reminding you to get out of bed at the crack of dawn on lazy weekends. All things considered, it’s not difficult to see how dogs earned the moniker of man’s best friend.
Training your dog to perform tricks is another entertaining and enriching activity for both humans and canines. Teaching your dog tricks, in addition to those all-important foundational obedience behaviors, helps Fido become more attentive, relaxed, and is a great way to burn off a little excess energy when you can’t get out for a run. While we all know about the basics such as giving paw, playing dead, or fetching the paper, a lesser known and more challenging command for dedicated owners is teaching your dog how to dance. Intrigued? Grab your matching tutus and treat bag and read on!
Before you get started teaching your dog to dance, you’re going to want to stock up on your training treats, and plenty of them. It’s a good idea to put together a selection of tasty morsels of varying types and values. Having different types of treats on hand accomplishes a few different things. First, your dog won’t be at risk of getting bored by the same old reward item. A bored dog finds other items, people, or activities to pay attention to, which can interrupt training sessions. Having different treats with different values of yumminess also allows you to reward your dog with a “bonus” for especially good behavior. Consider small, bite-sized pieces of snacks your dog likes and grab a treat pouch to keep your hands free. You’ll need them when selecting and training one of our three methods for teaching your dog to dance.
He is hardly motivated by food. What should I do?
And I'd like him more adherence. How?
Hello Hajnalka, First, I would see what does motivate him instead of food and use that to lure and reward instead if you can. Often getting pup excited about a toy works as an alternative to food. Moving a toy, like a tug toy or stuffingless animal the direction you want pup to move, then letting pup catch it or tug it for a couple of seconds as a reward when pup does the movement you are trying to teach. A flirt pole, ball, or different type of treat - like a smear of low sodium or no sodium liver paste smeared on a spoon, are some other options. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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