Want to Teach Your Schapendoes Some Tricks: Here are 3

Posted by on Dec 18, 2010 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Schapendoes | 0 comments

3 Tricks To Teach Your Schapendoes
3 Tricks To Teach Your Schapendoes

To teach your Schapendoes tricks, even the easy ones, you need to carry some of his favorite treats, be in a quiet suitable location and maintain the instruction sessions to under 15 minutes or your Schapendoes will start to get bored. Always remember when he gets something correct offer him great deals of appreciation and a reward treat, however beware not to get him overly thrilled or he will lose focus.

Teach your Schapendoes to give you his paw

To train your Schapendoes to give you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a treat. Now do it again, and after a few tries do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You must discover that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response once again. After just a few sessions most Schapendoess pick this trick up quite easily.

Teach your Schapendoes to give you a high 5

Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an earlier trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in between your two fingers and raise your hand just a little higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Schapendoes will assume you desire to perform the paw trick and will grab for the treat with his paw as we had instructed him previously. As he reaches up you state “high five” and offer your Schapendoes the treat. When your Schapendoes has mastered the paw trick this one should be really simple to learn and with only a couple of sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal rather than from your voice.

Teach your Schapendoes to jump through a hoop

Before you start this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you don’t want your Schapendoes to hurt himself while performing the trick. Set your Schapendoes to one side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the Schapendoes the direction to stop sitting. At first he might attempt to go around or underneath the hula hoop. If this happens start once again. Your Schapendoes desires the snack and will quickly find out that walking around or beneath doesn’t work so he’ll soon start going through it. If he does, state “hoop” and offer him the snack. He will quickly be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started off teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the floor and slowly brought it to waist height. If you own a smaller sized dog you might wish to begin with the hoop touching the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.

I know you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Schapendoes. Have patience with your Schapendoes and most of all, have fun!

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