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101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog (Dog Tricks and Training) Paperback – April 1, 2007
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Your Job As A Trainer
Your job as a trainer is to guide your dog in a consistent and motivating environment.
Guide your dog through the process of executing a new behavior, rewarding baby steps along the way. The goal of each training session is to get better results than the last time.
Know the behavior you are looking for, and don’t be wishywashy. Use the same voice and intonation each time you give a verbal cue and enunciate clearly.
Think about an athletic coach. Is his job merely to plan the training schedule and tape it to the locker room door? No! He inspires, motivates, and encourages! He is upbeat when you are discouraged and slaps your shoulder with a 'good job!' when you need it. You serve the same purpose for your dog. Every bit of enthusiasm you inject into your dog training will speed up his learning. And when your dog does something right use your high-pitched 'happy voice' (yes, men, you have one too) to exude your delight!
Top 10 Trick Training Tips:
- 1. Reward with tasty treats
- 2. Reward while your dog is in the correct position
- 3. Reward immediately (no fishing in pockets)
- 4. Train before dinner
- 5. Training comes before playtime
- 6. End the session with your dog wanting more
- 7. Be consistent
- 8. Motivate—use your happy voice
- 9. Be patient—it won’t happen overnight
- 10. Be a fun person to be around
Tip! Use the word 'good' to mark the exact instant your dog performed the desired behavior.
- Shake (left paw)
- Paw (right paw)
Chapter 2 Traditional Favorites
Shake Hands—Left and Right (Easy)
When shaking hands, your polite pooch raises his paw to chest height, allowing guests to shake his paw. This skill is taught for both paws.
- 1 With your dog sitting before you, hide a treat in your right hand, low to the ground. Encourage your dog to paw at it by saying 'get it' and 'shake.' Reward your dog with the treat the moment his left paw comes off the ground.
- 2 Gradually raise the height of your hand, upping the ante, until he is lifting his paw to chest height.
- 3 Transition to using the hand signal. Stand up and hold the treat in your left hand, behind your back, and extend your right hand while cuing 'shake.' When your dog paws your extended hand, support his paw in the air while you reward him with the treat from behind your back.
- 4 Repeat these steps on the opposite side to teach 'paw.'
1 Hide a treat in your right hand, low to the ground.
2 As your dog improves, raise your hand.
3 Stand up and cue your dog.
4 Hold his paw while you reward.
About the Author
Kyra's acrobatic stunt dog team performs worldwide and starred in shows for the king of Morocco at the royal palace in Marrakech, in Disney's Underdog stage show in Hollywood, and in circuses and professional sports halftime shows. They performed on The Tonight Show, Ellen, Animal Planet, and had their own television series called Showdog Moms & Dads.
Kyra is nationally ranked in competitive dog sports and is a set trainer for movie dogs. As a lecturer on positive training methods, her enthusiasm inspires audiences to develop fun and rewarding relationships with their own dogs. Her methods foster confident, happy dogs who are motivated to do the right thing rather than ones fearful of making a mistake. She shows us how to develop joyful relationships with dogs who balance enthusiasm with self-control.
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- step by step instructions
- visual cue pictures
- some useful tips
Don't like - too many steps are missing! The leap from taking a basic step toward the end trick is fairly significant in some cases. I also purchased a book on scent-oriented games, which detailed some of the same activities (ie find the keys) in much greater detail -- and, in my mind, more effectively.
I think this book might be a starting point if you have a highly motivated and intelligent dog (poodle, lab, etc.), but the tricks explained are not great for me and my hound.
There also seems to be a lot of other body wrangling and pressuring going for some other tricks that I've leafed through.
Wish I could give this zero stars.
Top international reviews
If you need a training book for your dog this really should be at the top of your list.
I think I'll not use a all of them but I'll enjoy a big part of them!
Nice pictures and small but helpful description.
I like that the words are associated also with a hand movement that all family can learn without confusing.
This book is easy to dip into if you need a bit of inspiration during a training session. My fav trick in the book has to be ''play dead'' my lab puppy picked this up at 9wks! If you are looking for a fun trick teaching book, look no further.