He’s a cute ball of fur and you just want to cuddle him all the time. When you’re not cuddling him though, you want him to entertain you with tricks and play. Okay, this might be asking a little too much. But, you do want to get him doing something that will get guests giggling. Fortunately, there is one such trick that is guaranteed to get onlookers laughing and it’s relatively easy to train him to do, and that is--opening presents. Whether it’s Christmas or a birthday, he’ll have a lot more fun and so will you, if he’s rolling around trying to open a present.
Training your dog to open a present is more than just a neat trick. It’s actually fantastic exercise. Wrap it well enough and you’ve got yourself a toy puzzle to keep him distracted and entertained. This type of training is also stimulating for him. It will get him using his brain as well as his paws.
Training a dog to open a present may sound like a challenge, but it’s actually surprisingly straightforward. The challenge comes in conveying to him precisely what it is you want him to do. Once he understands, you just need the right incentive to ensure he does it again. If your dog is anything like most, the right mouth-watering treat will get him to work. Then it is a question of regularly reinforcing and practicing the behavior.
If he’s a puppy he should be a quick learner and eager to please. You could see results in just a couple of days. If he’s older and not quite as inquisitive as he once was, then you may need a week. Get this training right and you’ll even have your somber mother-in-law giggling.
Before training can begin, you’ll need to gather a few bits. A decent supply of wrapping paper or boxes will be needed. You’ll also need to stock up on tasty treats, or break his favorite food into small chunks.
Set aside 10 minutes each day for training. Try and find a time where you won’t be distracted by a noisy household. You want to capture his full attention.
The only other things you need are patience and a positive attitude. Once you have all that, work can begin!