For the most part, Bella is full of life. You will find her storming around the house chasing the kids. But 10 minutes later you might her find them snuggled up in a blanket on the sofa, fast asleep as the kids watch a movie. Your puppy has fitted into the family perfectly and you’re really enjoying training Bella. You’ve mastered the essentials, such as ‘sit’ and ‘down’. However, you would also like to train her to do some more entertaining tricks. One trick that you think is likely to draw a giggle is if you can get your puppy to show teeth. I mean who doesn’t love a smiling dog?
The trick comes with more benefits than just entertainment value though. Dogs are at their most receptive when they are puppies. So any training you do now will be easier and it will help speed up the learning process when you teach them other tricks too.
Training your puppy to show teeth isn’t as complex as you might believe. The challenge comes at the beginning when you have to convey what it is you want them to do. That will require some guidance from you. However, once they have picked it up, training will require consistent practice, using an effective motivator.
If Bella is a responsive puppy, who is eager to please, then you may see results in just a few days. However, if your puppy can’t sit still for a minute due to a distinct lack of concentration, then you may need a little extra time. In fact, it could be a couple of weeks before they’re showing teeth whenever instructed. If you stick with training you will be rewarded with a fun trick for friends while also giving you an excuse to shower Bella with praise and treats.
You will need to gather a few bits together before you start training. So make sure you have a generous supply of treats or you can break your pup's favorite food into small chunks. You’ll also need a toy and a clicker for one of the methods below. A toothbrush will also be required.
Set aside just five to ten minutes each day for training. Practice when you both aren’t distracted by a noisy household. You can train inside or out in your yard.
Once you have all that, just bring enthusiasm and a proactive attitude, then work can begin!