This video is about training your dog on how to a spin as discussed by Joanne Bassinger, a dog training school manager and instructor at Andrea Arden Dog Training facility, which is located in New York City. Joanne recommends this activity for dogs of any size, age, and physical condition.
Spinning is a trick that can be enjoyed not only by the dog but also by his owner. This can be taught in two ways: spinning in one direction and training your dog to choose between left and right directions.
There are two accessories that you need to train your dog to spin. One is a handful of treats and another is using a clicker on hand. In the video, Joanne used treats to help the dog learning how to spin.
To start the training, you need to get the attention of your dog first using a treat. Then, hold the treat above your dog’s nose and slowly move in a large circle. Your dog will follow your hand movement as you make imaginary circles around him.
Praising your dog is important if he manages to follow your hand’s circling movements. Repetition is imperative if you want your dog to get the hang of doing the spinning. Of course, the more treats they have, the more they are willing to master the trick.
Once your dog easily manages the trick, you can add verbal cues such as “Spin Around”. If you will ask for 2 or three spins, you have to give your dog a treat every time he successfully completes spins.
Your dog will eventually do the spins without the meritorious treats. Please do not make your dog dependent on lures. Patience is essential in this activity. If you don’t have one, forget to teach this trick to your dog. You can also bring your dog to training facilities such as Andrea Arden to receive professional help from instructors.
Teaching a dog turn seems pointless or nonsense but it can be a useful exercise and a great way for you to bond with your dog. This activity can be better done by clearing the room of any distractions such as toys and children. Training sessions should be kept short!