Everyone’s over and while they love your cute dog, they want to see more than the standard ‘sit’ and ‘down’. You need a new party trick to keep them entertained and since he’s so cute and cuddly, training him to give kisses would be a neat new trick. Not to mention, when you come home from work it would be nice if you could give him a cuddle and a kiss.
Admittedly, you don’t want him getting too forward with his kisses, as his mouth makes contact with some rather unpleasant things. Too much doggie saliva will either boost your immune system, or give you an unpleasant illness. The gamble is on you! The odd doggie kiss will be just a fun trick though, and it will also make training him to do other things easier too.
This trick is well worth teaching because it’s nice and straightforward. The main hurdle is conveying to him what you want him to do, but once he understands you’ll never struggle to get a kiss on Valentine's day again. If he’s a puppy, his brain will be receptive and he should learn the new trick in a matter of days. If he’s older and not quite the intellectual he once was, then be prepared to spend a week or two on training.
Aside from being an awesome party trick and a cute way to show your affection for each other, this training comes with another bonus. The more training and obedience commands you do with him, the quicker he will learn other tricks, from ‘roll over’ to ‘bed’. If you really want to get a giggle, put some doggie lipstick on him and instruct him to kiss your mother-in-law.
Before you begin training, you’ll need a few basic things. His favorite food or treats will be the most important component. Peanut butter or cream cheese will also play a big role. You will use them all to motivate and reward him. You’ll also need a quiet 5-10 minutes a day to practice for the next week or so.
You’ll also need a pad of small colored sticky notes (more on that later). Patience and an upbeat attitude will also make training a more enjoyable experience.
Once you’ve got those bits together you’re ready to get going!