Are you looking for a fun trick to have on tap for you and your dog to impress friends and family in any situation? The ‘Yes’ head shake dog trick is definitely one to check out. It is very easy to train, especially if your dog has some experience learning tricks already.
Once your canine has this behavior down, you can find all sorts of great questions to ask that they will gladly answer ‘Yes’ to!
“Am I the smartest person in the world?”
“Yes!” answers your dog.
The possibilities of this trick are endless. You have some options on how to train it. Read on to find the method that works best for you and let the hilarity ensue!
Even puppies 12 weeks or older can learn this simple trick. Depending on how many training sessions you do, and how experienced your dog is at learning, a good estimate is 1-5 days with repeated training sessions.
This trick is best when it is on a non-verbal cue. We will show you how to put this on a hand signal so that you can ask a question and then give the signal for the ‘Yes’ answer silently.
The more time you spend training your dog, the faster they will learn any behavior. Regular training improves your dog’s overall focus, confidence, and ability to learn. Once they understand that a trick earns them a treat, they will enjoy training and learn fast.
It is always a good idea to start training any behavior in a low-distraction environment where your dog is very comfortable. Since this trick is probably going to come in very handy when away from home as well, be sure to practice the trick when you take your dog to new places once they have successfully learned the trick at home.
Always end a training session before your dog gets bored or frustrated for best results. They will come to associate training with an exciting and stimulating experience.
All you need to teach this simple trick is some tasty treats that are cut into very small pieces so that you can reward often without putting weight on your dog. Mixing high-value rewards with some regular kibble also works for most dogs. If you clicker train, be sure to have your clicker as well.
If you are not using a clicker to mark the behavior when it is happening, then you can also use a special word or sound. The key is that the word or sound should always be followed by a reward.
We will use the term “mark/treat” to mean use your clicker or a special sound the exact moment your dog is doing what you want, followed by a treat reward.