It’s the annual family get together. The drinks are flowing, which is a good thing because it makes Grandad's cooking bearable. It doesn’t take long for all the stories of the year to be exhausted and all of a sudden attention turns to your dog. Everyone’s desperate to see him do a flip or crawl along the floor. Unfortunately, you’ve been too busy with work, kids, and life to turn your canine pal into a performing monkey. However, you’re going to plan ahead and ensure he can do something entertaining for the next reunion. Training him to walk in a circle is one such trick that’s guaranteed to get people giggling.
If you want him to become an Instagram star then this is a fantastic trick to teach him. You may also find that obedience training of this kind will make it much easier to teach him a range of other tricks too.
While it might look complex when he’s spinning around on the yard, it’s not actually too difficult to teach. The hardest part comes with overcoming the initial hurdle, getting him to understand what it is you want him to do. You’ll slowly guide him to start with using your hand, tasty food, and his favorite toys. Once he understands what you’re after you just need to consistently reinforce the trick. If he’s a puppy, he should be full of energy and eager to please. Training could take just a few days. If he’s older and his days in the circus are long past then you might need a couple of weeks before he can do the full 360.
Succeed with this training and you’ll have a trick that will keep the kids endlessly amused and guests entertained. The control you’ll have asserted during this training will also make teaching him to ‘roll over’ and any number of other things easier too.
Before you can get to work you’ll need a few bits. The most important component will be tasty treats or your dog's favorite food broken into small pieces. You’ll also need somewhere to practice. A large room that isn’t full of valuables that might get broken is a good place to start. A long piece of string or rope will be needed for one of the methods.
You’ll need just 10 minutes each day for practice, but try to time it so you won’t be distracted by kids causing havoc and a partner demanding dinner.
Once you’ve got all of that you’re ready to get to work!