To teach your English Shepherd tricks, even simple ones, you should have in hand some yummy treats, teach him in a quiet suitable place and keep the coaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or the English Shepherd will start to get tired. Always remember when he gets something right offer him lots of appreciation and a reward snack, though be mindful not to get him over ecstatic or he might lose focus.
Teach your English Shepherd to offer you his paw
To train your English 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 snack. After that do this again, and after a couple of successful tries do not take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You must discover that he is raising his paw up as you say the word. If he does not then go back to saying it at the exact same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your reaction once again. After just a few sessions most English Shepherds pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your English Shepherd to give you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a continuation of a simpler trick, and in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in your two fingers and lift your hand slightly higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your English Shepherd will presume you wish to perform the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we had taught him in the prior trick. As he rises you say “high 5” and give him the treat. Once your English Shepherd has mastered the paw trick this 1 ought to be very simple to understand and with just a couple of sessions he will be performing it on hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your English Shepherd to jump through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop too high up as you do not really want your English Shepherd to harm himself while doing the trick. Set your English Shepherd to one 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 English Shepherd the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may try to walk around or below the hoop. In the event that this occurs begin once again. Your English Shepherd wants the snack and will soon learn that going around or beneath does not work so he will quickly begin going through it. Once he does, state “hoop” and offer him the snack. He’ll quickly 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 slowly increased it to waist height. In the event that you possess a smaller sized dog you may wish to begin with the hoop on the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and after that gradually elevate it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your English Shepherd. Have patience with your English Shepherd and above all, have fun!
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