Okay, you've taught your pup the basic commands such as 'sit', 'stay', 'come', and 'down', it's time to start teaching him a few fun tricks the two of you can show off with at every possible opportunity. Sure, you can teach him to sit pretty, fetch, even hunt, but what about teaching something really crazy like how to paw his nose or "be shy"? This one can also be called peek-a-boo or anything you can think of. Be sure to give the commands its own name and one that doesn't sound like any of the others you already use.
There are even some who will teach their pup to paw his nose as if he is "ashamed" of not getting another trick right or is caught doing something he knows he shouldn’t, like getting into the trash. Once your pup masters this trick, you can use it for a number of reasons, in the end, it doesn't matter how you use it, as long as you use the same command words.
The task at hand is to teach your pup to lie down and use his paws to cover his nose. This applies even if you choose to call it "peek-a-boo" as most dogs will not be able to completely cover their eyes. The concept is fairly simple, and the training can be a lot of fun. It is much easier for you to teach your pup this trick if he has already been taught to lie down. But even if he hasn’t mastered that trick, you can teach them together. It might just take a little longer.
The most important thing to remember, no matter which training method you use, is to remain calm and consistent. Getting frustrated won't make things go any faster as your pup will pick up on your stress and begin to mirror it in the form of struggling to pay attention.
While teaching your pup to do this trick can take a little time, making it fun and having plenty of treats as rewards will make it go much faster. There are a few things you might need to have on hand before starting. These include:
This trick can be a lot of fun for everyone, especially your pup who is always looking for new ways to please you and show off to everyone. Take your time, there is no need to rush this training, in fact, the slower you take it, the better your pup will learn it.