Once you and your dog have mastered basic commands, you can move on to fun party tricks that will make her the star of the show. Teaching her to "say goodbye" as friends and family leave after a get-together or when she's leaving her friends at the dog park will bring smiles and laughs for anyone lucky enough to get a wave.
Training your dog to 'say goodbye' is the perfect next trick for the two of you to try, and it's very close to other tricks you've likely mastered such as 'shake' and 'stay'. Learning new tricks is a fantastic way for you to bond and to make sure your dog is getting plenty of mental stimulation.
This is a great trick for dogs of all ages and breeds to learn. Younger dogs and working breeds may pick up the command more quickly, but any dog can learn to 'say goodbye' with enough time and patience. This isn't a beginner trick, and your dog will already need to know how to 'sit', 'stay', and to 'shake' before you attempt this trick.
Only practice this trick when your dog is focused and ready to learn. If she's anxious, excited, or distracted it will be nearly impossible to teach her the command. Make sure you only practice saying goodbye for five to 10 minutes at a time. This trick takes concentration and your dog can easily get fatigued. If you stick with it and have patience, you'll soon have a fun new trick to try out at your next get together.
Training your dog to 'say goodbye' doesn't require much equipment beyond a good attitude and willingness to learn. There are a few things you'll need to have on hand.
- A quiet place to learn with no distractions.
- Tasty treats to give your dog as a reward.
- A clicker if you choose to use clicker-training.
- A timer to make sure you don't practice for too long.
Here are three different methods to teach your dog to say goodbye. Read them through and choose the best one for you and your dog. With time and consistency, your pup should be saying goodbye in no time.