To teach your Appenzeller Sennenhund tricks, even easy ones, you should carry some yummy snacks, teach him in a remote suitable place and maintain the coaching sessions to under 15 minutes or your Appenzeller Sennenhund will start to get bored. Keep in mind when he gets something right offer him great deals of appreciation and a reward treat, yet be cautious not to get him extra thrilled or he might lose focus.
Teach your Appenzeller Sennenhund to give you his paw
To teach your Appenzeller Sennenhund to give you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a snack. Next do this again, and after a few tries do not take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and then take it. You need to discover that he is raising his paw up as you state the word. If he does not then go back to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction once again. After two or three sessions most Appenzeller Sennenhunds pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Appenzeller Sennenhund to give you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a progression of a basic trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in between your fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you would raise it for the paw trick. Your Appenzeller Sennenhund will presume you wish to do the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we had taught him previously. Once he rises you say “high five” and give your Appenzeller Sennenhund the snack. As soon as your Appenzeller Sennenhund has actually mastered the paw trick this one will most likely be very easy to understand and with only a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal instead of vocal commands.
Teach your Appenzeller Sennenhund to leap through a hoop
Before you start this one I would just like to ask you to be a little practical and not hold the hoop too high up as you do not want your Appenzeller Sennenhund to harm himself while practicing the trick. Set your Appenzeller Sennenhund on one side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and give the Appenzeller Sennenhund the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may try to walk around or underneath the hula hoop. When this occurs start again. Your Appenzeller Sennenhund wants the snack and will quickly discover that walking around or beneath doesn’t get it done so he’ll quickly start going through it. As soon as he does, say “hoop” and give him the treat. He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and slowly brought it to waist height. In the case that you own a smaller sized dog you might wish to begin with the hoop touching the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Appenzeller Sennenhund. Have patience with your Appenzeller Sennenhund and above all, have fun!
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