Category: dog training

How To Teach Your Dog To Say Prayers

In this video, celebrity dog trainer Andrea Arden teaches her dog Nora how to say prayers. Before you freak out on the idea of indoctrinating your dog into a religion, please be reminded that this trick just mimics the act of kneeling on a stool and bowing the head.

According to Andrea, teaching this trick involves your dog sitting and placing his front paws on a stool before dropping his head in apparent prayer mode. Again, this activity can be taught by using treats, which encourage your dog to be patient as he perfects the routine.

The treat should be used as reinforcement to teach your dog to put their front paws on a stool while he is sitting in front of you. Your dog must be in a sitting position while mastering this trick.

Once your dog has mastered putting both paws up on a stool, you can withdraw the treat to teach them how to lower his head between his front legs. Be patient when fine tuning this position. If the dog is already confident, you can start adding the cue “say your prayers”. Constant repetition is important to perfect this trick.

After your dog is comfortable doing this trick on a stool, try taking it at different places or bases. Lots of happy talk and treat rewards are needed to teach your dog how to say their prayers. Ensure that the base he uses is rigid and is not wobbling. You need to consider the height of your dog for this trick.

In a nutshell, this trick has four requirements which include the need for the dog to sit down, to lie down, to place chin on a base or ground, and to remain in that position until you mention “Say Your Prayers”.

Praising your dog when they accomplish the task is imperative. One of the common praises used is “Good dog!” which usually proceeds with a jackpot treat! When your dog can confidently do the hang of Say Your Prayers trick, you can now release him by saying “Amen”.

How To Teach Your Dog To Say Prayers
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Dog Tricks – How To Teach Your Dog To Limp

This video outlines the steps of teaching your dog how to limp on a cue using a clicker and without physical manipulation. According to the video’s creator, this trick is one of the hardest so patience is important when doing this activity with your dog. Teaching this trick can be frustrating at times, but constant repetition and reinforcements such as treats can lessen the load of doing it.

The video stresses that doing this trick requires the dog to know the cue ‘shake’ or paw targeting. Here are the steps to train your dog on how to do the limping movement.

1. Use a prop or your hand to teach your dog to get the hang of offering him paw while you stand next to him. Give him a treat if he manages to do the first step.
2. Your hand should be maintained vertically to let your dog be in contact with you by lifting his paw. Train your dog not to let his paw rest in your hand or the prop. Repeat this routine until your dog is comfortable doing it.
3. The dog should be guided on how to lean forwards. Move your target hand forwards ever so slowly. If he has able to lean forwards, click or say ‘yes’. Again, another treat for every small achievement.

Consistency is very important when doing this activity. It is very hard to teach your dog to limp on command, so again, patience is much needed. Varying reward or treat is also recommended.

Some dogs can master this trick easily while others may take some time to understand what they need to do. Having a smart dog does not make it easy to get this trick. Persistence is much needed.

This advanced trick is sure to impress dog owners. Your dog increases his learning skills by exposing them to new tricks. Some tricks may take up to several weeks to master. You can watch other videos to get some tips and hints.

Dog Tricks - How To Teach Your Dog To Limp
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Teaching Left And Right To Your Agility Dog

Agility training is important as a healthy exercise for your dog. It helps your dog to be fit physically and mentally. The basic directional commands taught on dogs are “come,” “go,” and “back. In this video, three dogs learn to determine the “right” and “left” directions on a verbal cue.

The dogs in the video are given directionals for their left and right and not their trainers’. The first dog is a puppy which does pretty good with his spins. However, with the second and third dogs, the trainer decides to start with the weaker side first, which is the left direction. She uses her left hand to signal her dogs’ direction and offers a treat after using her right hand. The same procedures apply to the right direction. According to the trainer, constant repetition is important until your dog perfects the skills with verbal cues.

One segment of the video involves a dog turning 360-degrees around a cone. Another part shows the trainer on the side with the second dog and moving back and forth while giving the right and left directions. Adding verbal commands is imperative to teach your dog not to react to body language at all.

Then the trainer proceeds to do the directionals training with a third dog with the aid of an altitude jump without the bar first. At first, the dog is given verbal and physical cues to determine the right directions. After mastering this part, the dog is tested to move around the right and left sides of the altitude jump, with the dog positioned in the middle of the trainer.

The last part of the video requires the dog to hop on a bar while moving on both sides of the altitude jump. According to the trainer, it takes longer to impart these skills. For verbals alone, many sessions are required, she adds.
One commenter asks about the black toy the trainer used for the two latter dogs. According to her, it is a cow milking udder commonly used in the agility world. She mentions that dogs love these udders.

Your dog can learn the skills shown in the video though it takes time and consistency on your part. Dogs that are proficient with verbal directions are exemplified nicely by handlers running right and sending the dog left. As stressed in the video, right and left should be your dog’s right and left.

Teaching Left And Right To Your Agility Dog
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