To teach your Bernese Mountain Dog tricks, even the simple ones, you need to have in hand some of his favorite treats, take him to a quiet suitable location and try to keep the instruction sessions to under fifteen minutes or your Bernese Mountain Dog will start to get bored. Always remember when he gets something right offer him great deals of appreciation and a reward snack, just beware not to get him extra fired up or he might possibly lose concentration.
Teach your Bernese Mountain Dog to offer you his paw
To get your Bernese Mountain Dog 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 treat. Then do this again, and after a few times do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and after that take it. You need to see that he is bringing his paw upward as you say the word. If he doesn’t then go back to saying it at the same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your reaction once again. After a couple of sessions most Bernese Mountain Dogs pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Bernese Mountain Dog to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an earlier trick, and in this case the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your fingers and raise your hand somewhat higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Bernese Mountain Dog will expect you want to perform the paw trick and will grab the snack with his paw as we had instructed him in the previous trick. Once he reaches up you say “high 5” and offer your Bernese Mountain Dog the snack. As soon as your Bernese Mountain Dog has mastered the paw trick this one will likely be extremely easy to learn and with just a few sessions he will be doing it from your hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Bernese Mountain Dog to jump through a hoop
Before you begin this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you don’t really want your Bernese Mountain Dog to hurt himself while performing the trick. Place your Bernese Mountain Dog on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and give the Bernese Mountain Dog the command to stop sitting. Initially he might attempt to walk around or under the hoop. If this takes place begin once again. Your Bernese Mountain Dog desires the snack and will soon discover that going around or underneath does not get it so he’ll quickly start going through it. The minute he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. 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 began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and slowly increased it to waist height. If you own a smaller dog you might wish to start with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then slowly elevate it more as he gets used to the trick.
I really hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Bernese Mountain Dog. Have patience with your Bernese Mountain Dog and most importantly, have fun!
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