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Give the paw, sit, lie down, get on two legs or catch a snack in the air ... Dog tricks not only entertain those around, but also challenge your 4pawsfriend physically and mentally. In addition, training strengthens the bond between the two.
A fundamental requirement for practicing tricks with your dog is that it be fun for both them and you. Also, success will come much faster if you have a good time. If you stick to an exercise while your 4pawsfriend would rather be lying on their bed, no one will be amused.
When a dog obeys an order and turns in a circle or waves their paw goodbye, they are guaranteed the admiration and applause of those who see them. But what is much more important is how your 4pawsfriend feels when doing it. Fortunately, most are curious in nature and like to be busy, they love to play, and if they get a reward on top of it, be it a treat or a pat of appreciation from you, then all is well.
A 4-LEGGED ADVENTURE!
Rehearsing tricks for dogs has many advantages for the relationship between your 4pawsfriend and you, but before you get discouraged if your dog has not learned something that you want them to do, you must be clear that not all tricks are made for all types and breeds of dog.
Although most canines have a certain willingness to learn (especially if they receive a reward), size, process and weight prevent learning of some tricks.
For example: If your 4pawsfriend does not like to lie on their back, it is better not to practice rolling or wallowing, and if they do not like to jump or they are very heavy, then do not try the trick of catching a snack in the air.
CONCERN IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART!
Teaching any trick should be a positive experience for your 4pawsfriend, forcing them is out of the question.
You must be patient with your 4pawsfriend and respect their learning pace. This does not mean that you should give up if your dog does not cooperate or the trick does not work the first time. Sometimes it takes a little time for the dog to understand what you want from them. It is important that you observe your 4pawsfriend well and learn to evaluate their behavior. If you see that you lose motivation, it is better to end the training and continue at another time. Over time you will know if they are concentrating on the exercise or if they prefer to do something else.
Consistent and gradual practice, as well as celebrating small successes, promote self-confidence will strengthen the bond between you and your dog.
If you find that an exercise overwhelms them, it is better to go back. Give them an order that you know they can safely carry out and reward them for it. Then you can end the training and make sure that the next time you do your best.
THERE IS NO AGE TO LEARN !
They say you can't teach an "old dog" new tricks, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Even if you have adopted an adult dog who needs a little help with the basics, or if the dog just needs a brief reminder of what they have learned, no matter the age, it is never too late to learn.
CONSTANCE IS THE KEY!
Whatever the age of your dog is, the basic training principles used for puppies will still apply, although training an already used adult dog may require a little more time and patience.
First and foremost, it is vitally important to be consistent with commands and accolades. It is also important to ensure that all members of the family know the objectives of the training and how to use the controls correctly, to avoid that your 4pawsfriend may receive mixed messages that could confuse them.
PRAISE INSTEAD OF PUNISHMENT!
Dogs learn by positive reinforcement ALWAYS, no matter how old they are. This means that you can only achieve your goals by praising the behavior that you want to encourage and teach your 4pawsfriend. Punishing your dog for bad behavior will likely cause them to behave worse and will make it more difficult to train them the right way.
Remember to be very patient, make it fun and everything will be possible.
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