What’s the best trick you can teach your dog? Shake hands? Dance? Weave? Fetch the paper?
Play Dead always goes over big in class. Fun! Army crawl, another cute one!
I think the best trick ever though is come when you are called.
What? You don’t think that’s a trick? Why not? I think it is. It amazes me every time when I yell ‘dogs, come’ and they do! Wow, what power I have! I’m stronger than the frisky squirrel, more interesting than the neighbor’s dog, more powerful than the pull of the stray cat running by! My dogs come when they are called!
And you know why? I taught them that. Oh yeah, what a cool trick!
And every time they come, they get rewarded for it. It doesn’t matter what they were doing, or how irked I might be at them, or if they took one last run at the squirrel teasing them on the high wire. As soon as they get to me, its a good thing! Praise and treats and love all around!
If you get your puppy as a baby, start day one. Face him, take a step back, and they will usually follow you, ‘puppy, come’ Yay!
Same thing with your older dog. If you’re unsure if he will follow you, then hold out a yummy. “Dog, come” treat in mouth, good job dog!
When you are in the house, call the puppy just because. Not always because you’re going anywhere, or need him or anything, but just because. When I get a new one, I count out about 25 to 30 treats and put them in a cup on the counter. I try to call my dog that many times a day for a while. Just from across the room, or down the hall or from one step away. This does 2 things – teaches puppy his name, and that coming to you is fun! We like fun, dogs like fun – fun for everyone!
If there are two of you, puppy ping pong is a great game. Sit or stand across the room, and take turns calling puppy back and forth. Bonus to this one, it wears him out. We love tired dogs!
And if you don’t think this is worth doing, remember that when your dog slips his collar, or the kid opens the door and accidently lets dog out, or he digs under the fence and is running merrily down the road away from you.
When he turns around and arrives safely in your arms, I guarantee you will be thinking Best Trick Ever.
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