Picture the scene: Your 5-year old niece, Annabelle, adores the dog. You say to Rover, "Wag if you love Annabelle," at which point he wags his tail to a blur. How thrilling is that for the little girl!
While wagging on command is not a core skill, it is a fun way to bond with your dog during training sessions. Indeed, any training where the dog learns a new skill can build his confidence and add to his enjoyment of life.
You can use either a verbal command, "wag", or a hand signal (or both), but whichever you choose, be sure to be consistent and praise the dog when he does as you ask...which then makes him wag some more.
Many dogs will voluntarily wag a tail when shown a toy or ball, but it is more challenging to do so on a verbal command only. For this reason, your time is better invested teaching a puppy basic commands that will keep him safe in an emergency. However, this is the ideal trick to teach an adult dog that already has high-level obedience skills.To teach this behavior you will need: