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Q: What is the best way to get a dog to learn tricks??

January 24, 2009 | By Madison | 14 answers | Expired: 2062 days ago

Madison

Or "What is the best way to bribe your dog to do something that you want it to do?"

What do you think??

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Lauren
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Feb 01, 2009

It's always best to use positive reenforcements, like treats and praise. If you can afford it, attending an Obedience class will make a huge difference on how and your dog communicate. If that's not an option, you can get some really good tips from the show on Animal Planet called "It's Me or the Dog". I love that show. To get your dog to sit, get his attention with a tasty treat but don't give it to him yet and then, holding the treat in your hand, slowly move your hand above his head to where he needs to look up. Slowly move your hand further back over his head, towards his rump. Some dogs will back into a sit here. If he just keeps backing up, place your free hand gently on his rump and guide him into a sit - with the treat still over his head. As soon as he sits, give him the treat and say "Good Sit". Kind of hard to type it, but maybe it will get the idea across. Good luck!

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Gail M.
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Jan 31, 2009

Best way I found was time... spending time, and not just 5 minutes. As I trained my dog I also associated each command with a non-verbal one. For instance, when I taught her to sit everytime I said the word sit, I snapped my fingers once. After a short time, all I had to do was snap my fingers. This came in handy when I was on the phone or someone else was talking.... I could get my dog to settle down without interupting another person.

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Mary O.
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Jan 29, 2009

Start with one command like "sit" and then push their but down to sit and follow with a small treat. Repeat this until they "sit" on their own when you say "sit". It may take a few days working on this. I only worked with my dogs for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. My dogs usually caught on the second day. When they did then I would begin another command like "down".

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Joe R.
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Jan 26, 2009

There is no "best". Every animal and every trick is different. You should be able to tell pretty early what the animal wants to learn. Stick with those.

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Brenda R.
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Jan 26, 2009

Our first puupy was 10 weeks old when we got him. By 14 weeks I had him sitting, laying down, rolling over, and speaking with a small treat after each accomplishment. It took time everyday - but was rewarding.

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Rebecca S.
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Jan 25, 2009

it is different for every trick

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Liz R.
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Jan 25, 2009

How i got my puppy to do some tricks, is lots and lots of repeating and rewards.

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Kyle S.
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Jan 25, 2009

Give the dog lots of praise when he does what you want instead of punishing him when he doesn't do what you want. Most dogs aim to please so it shouldn't take him long to start doing the tricks.

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Pia S.
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Jan 25, 2009

Bribing is not a good way to achieve behaviors. That is an accident waiting to happen. The dog will not perform unless you bribe him. Teach him by using one of many methods (see my journal) and then reward. Eventually, however, the dog should do it on cue without the use of a visible lure/reward.

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jennifer r.
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Jan 25, 2009

Most dogs are treat motivated and it is a great training method! Clickers are nice also!!

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