To teach your Cairn Terrier tricks, even the easy ones, you need to get some savory snacks, take him to a secluded suitable location and keep the teaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or the Cairn Terrier will begin to get tired. Just remember when he gets something correct give him great deals of appreciation and a reward treat, yet be careful not to get him extremely excited or he might lose focus.
Teach your Cairn Terrier to offer you his paw
To train your Cairn Terrier to give you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a snack. Then do it again, and after a couple of times don’t take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and then take it. You must observe that he is bringing his paw upward as you say the word. If he does not then go back to saying it at the very same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction once again. After just a few sessions most Cairn Terriers pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Cairn Terrier to offer you a high five
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of a simpler trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in between your fingers and lift your hand a little bit higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Cairn Terrier will believe 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 rises you say “high five” and offer your Cairn Terrier the treat. When your Cairn Terrier has mastered the paw trick this 1 should be very simple to learn and with only a couple of sessions he will be doing it from your hand signal instead of vocal commands.
Teach your Cairn Terrier to jump through a hoop
Before you start this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not hold the hoop too high as you do not want your Cairn Terrier to injure himself while practicing the trick. Place your Cairn Terrier on one side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and give the Cairn Terrier the direction to stop sitting. Initially he may attempt to walk around or below the hula hoop. If this takes place begin again. Your Cairn Terrier wants the snack and will quickly discover that walking around or below does not get it done so he will soon begin going through it. Once he does, say “hoop” and offer him the snack. He will soon be leaping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and gradually brought it to waist height. In the case that you have a smaller sized dog you may wish to begin with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and then gradually elevate it more once he gets accustomed to the trick.
I really hope you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Cairn Terrier. Have patience with your Cairn Terrier and most importantly, have a good time!
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