To teach your Australian Shepherd tricks, even the easy ones, you need to have some of his favorite snacks, go to a quiet suitable location and manage to keep the teaching sessions to ten to fifteen minutes or your Australian Shepherd will start to get tired. Bear in mind when he gets something right give him lots of praise and a reward treat, just be careful not to get him extremely fired up or he may perhaps lose focus.
Teach your Australian Shepherd to offer you his paw
To get your Australian Shepherd to offer you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a treat. And then repeat this, and after a few successful tries don’t take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then after that take it. You ought to discover that he is raising his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then return to saying it at the very same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your response once again. After 2 or 3 sessions most Australian Shepherds pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Australian Shepherd to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an earlier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a snack in between your fingers and raise your hand somewhat higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Australian Shepherd will expect you wish to do the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we trained him earlier. Once he reaches up you say “high 5” and offer your Australian Shepherd the treat. As soon as your Australian Shepherd has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 will probably be extremely simple to learn and with only a couple of sessions he will be accomplishing it from your hand signal rather than your voice.
Teach your Australian Shepherd to jump through a hoop
Before you begin this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little sensible and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you do not want your Australian Shepherd to injure himself while carrying out the trick. Place your Australian Shepherd to one side of a hula hoop, get him to focus on your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and give the Australian Shepherd the command to stop sitting. At first he may try to walk around or beneath the hoop. When this takes place begin once again. Your Australian Shepherd wants the treat and will soon discover that walking around or below does not get it so he will soon start going through it. When he does, state “hoop” and give him the snack. He will soon be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I first started teaching this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the ground and slowly increased it to waist high. In the case that you own a smaller dog you might wish to begin with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and after that slowly elevate it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Australian Shepherd. Have patience with your Australian Shepherd and above all, have a good time!
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