To teach your Border Terrier tricks, even the easy ones, you need to get some of his favorite treats, teach him in a quiet suitable location and maintain the coaching sessions to under 15 minutes or the Border Terrier will start to get bored. Keep in mind when he gets something right give him great deals of praise and a reward snack, however be careful not to get him overly fired up or he may well lose focus.
Teach your Border Terrier to offer you his paw
To train your Border Terrier 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 snack. Then repeat this, and after a few practices do not take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and after that take it. You need to notice that he is raising his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then go back to saying it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response again. After a few sessions most Border Terriers pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Border Terrier to offer you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a progression of a more basic trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a treat in your fingers and lift your hand just a bit higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Border Terrier will assume you want to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we taught him earlier. As he reaches up you state “high 5” and offer him the treat. When your Border Terrier has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 will likely be really simple to master and with just a couple of sessions he will be accomplishing it from your hand signal rather than vocal commands.
Teach your Border Terrier to leap through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you do not want your Border Terrier to injure himself while performing the trick. Set your Border Terrier to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a treat in your hand and offer the Border Terrier the command to stop sitting. Initially he might try to go around or below the hoop. When this happens begin again. Your Border Terrier wants the snack and will soon learn that walking around or underneath doesn’t get it so he’ll soon begin going through it. The minute he does, say “hoop” and offer him the snack. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I began teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and slowly lifted it to waist high. In the event that you own a smaller sized dog you might wish to start with the hoop touching the floor so he just goes through the hoop and after that gradually lift it as he gets used to the trick.
I really hope you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Border Terrier. Have patience with your Border Terrier and most of all, have fun!
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