Fizzy tumbled into your home and life hasn’t been the same since. No longer do you have any privacy as your puppy follows you everywhere. You also no longer have to worry about your partner not giving you a cuddle in the evening because your canine companion is always happy to have a snuggle. However, it hasn't all been positive. There is no such thing as sleeping in anymore, as you have to take your puppy out to go to the toilet, rain or shine. But Fizzy is growing up quickly so you’d like to start training some commands. Aside from the standard ‘Sit’ and ‘Wait’, you’d like to teach them something interesting and quirky.
Training your puppy to laugh will be hugely entertaining. In addition, it’s a great way to channel her attention into something constructive. It also makes for fantastic bonding time. Not to mention, a laughing puppy makes for a brilliant social media story!
Training a puppy to laugh isn’t as complicated as you might think. You’ll need to monitor her closely to find situations which naturally cause her to laugh or make a laughing sound. Once you’ve found that, you just need to use the right incentive to encourage her to keep doing it. You can then introduce a verbal command so you can have her laugh on cue.
Because Fizzy is just a puppy, her brain should absorb new information extremely quickly. This means it could be a matter of days before training yields successful results. However, if Fizzy has a short attention span and isn’t interested in following your instructions, then you may need a week or two. If you can stick with training, you’ll soon have a puppy that’s the talk of the town and social media famous. Starting obedience training now will also make it easier to teach her other tricks further down the line.
The good thing about this trick is that you need very few things to get going. You’ll need some quiet space where you both won’t be distracted. You’ll then need a selection of mouth-watering treats. Alternatively, you can break her favorite food into small pieces. You will also need a toy and a clicker for one of the methods below.
Set aside just ten minutes each day for training. While she's a puppy, it’s important to keep training sessions short, otherwise you'll find that she quickly loses interest.
Once you have all of that, just bring patience and a can-do attitude, then work can begin!