To teach your Billy tricks, even easy ones, you need to get hold of some yummy snacks, be in a quiet suitable location and always keep the training sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Billy will begin to get bored. Remember when he gets something correct offer him great deals of praise and a reward treat, however take care not to get him extra thrilled or he may possibly lose focus.
Teach your Billy to give you his paw
To get your Billy to offer you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. Next repeat this, and after a few times do not take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then after that take it. You must notice that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he does not then go back to saying it at the same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your response once again. After just a few sessions most Billys pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Billy to offer you a high five
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a continuation of an earlier trick, in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in between your fingers and raise your hand a little higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Billy will presume you want to do the paw trick and will grab for the treat with his paw as we instructed him earlier. As he reaches up you state “high five” and offer him the snack. As soon as your Billy has actually mastered the paw trick this one will likely be really simple to master and with only a few sessions he will be doing it from your hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your Billy to leap through a hoop
Before you start this one I would just like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop too high as you do not want your Billy to hurt himself while practicing the trick. Set your Billy on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a treat in your hand and give the Billy the command to stop sitting. Initially he may attempt to walk around or under the hula hoop. In the event that this happens begin again. Your Billy wants the treat and will soon find out that going around or under doesn’t get it so he will quickly start going through it. When he does, say “hoop” and give him the treat. He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first began doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the floor and slowly lifted it to waist height. If you own a smaller sized dog you may desire to start with the hoop touching the floor so he just goes through the hoop and after that slowly elevate it more once he gets accustomed to the trick.
I know you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Billy. Have patience with your Billy and most importantly, have fun!
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