Has your pooch mastered all the basic boring commands like ‘sit’, ‘lie down’, ‘paw’ and ‘roll over'?Well why not teach him something a little different by teaching him how to hide. Imagine how adorable and shy he’ll look to guests when he puts his little paddy paws over those doey eyes. And with Halloween coming up, what better way to get your dog in on the occasion by getting him to ‘hide’ when spooky surroundings come close. Wouldn’t it be hilarious at a Halloween party, to get him to hide when a particularly spooky guest comes through the door? He’ll be the talk of the event and what a great way to get him to stand out from the rest of the crowd with this fabulous trick and treat combination.
This trick will be a great way to develop some slightly more complicated obedience skills and to stimulate your pooch so that he doesn’t get bored, which is also shown to decrease the likelihood of behavioral problems. Another great benefit of teaching your furry pal this trick is that he’ll likely be so tired from it that he’ll be on his best behavior for the rest of the day and night, giving you some time to have some well-deserved rest and puppy cuddles. Although this trick is slightly more complicated than the standard basic training, which is recommended to be taught beforehand, it should be relatively easy to teach and most dogs will pick it up. If you engage with your pooch in regular, short training sessions, a week to two should be required at the most. Try to teach your pooch while he’s relatively young; 6 months would be a good age, as by then he should already know some more basic tricks and won’t be as easily distracted as young pups.
One of the great things about this trick is that you don’t need much to get started. Just bring along a great attitude and a bit of patience, and it’s sure to be a fantastic bonding experience for both you and your four-legged friend. A couple of items that are a must for this trick, however, are a quiet but familiar learning environment free from distractions, tasty shop bought or homemade treats, and a clicker if that is your preferred method of training. A quiet, but familiar training environment would be ideal, as your pupper will be less easily distracted if he’s used to the area. You could even take him for a quick walk beforehand so that he’s not too tired, but also not too full of beans.