To teach your German Spitz tricks, even simple ones, you should carry some small treats, go to a quiet suitable location and always keep the instruction sessions to under fifteen minutes or the German Spitz will begin to get tired. Take note that when he gets something right offer him great deals of praise and a reward snack, yet take care not to get him over fired up or he may well lose concentration.
Teach your German Spitz to offer you his paw
To teach your German Spitz to give 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. Next do this again, and after a couple of times do not take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and then after that take it. You should discover that he is bringing his paw up as you state the word. If he does not then go back to saying it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction again. After a few sessions most German Spitzs pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your German Spitz to offer you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a progression of a simpler trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in your two fingers and lift your hand slightly higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your German Spitz will believe you desire to perform the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we instructed him previously. While he reaches up you say “high 5” and offer your German Spitz the treat. Once your German Spitz has mastered the paw trick this 1 should be very simple to master and with only a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than voice control.
Teach your German Spitz to jump through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not hold the hoop higher than necessary as you do not want your German Spitz to injure himself while doing the trick. Set your German Spitz on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and offer the German Spitz the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may attempt to go around or beneath the hula hoop. If this takes place begin once again. Your German Spitz desires the snack and will quickly discover that going around or beneath does not get it done so he will soon begin going through it. When he does, state “hoop” and give him the treat. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I began doing 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 have a smaller sized dog you may wish to start with the hoop touching the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it more as he gets used to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your German Spitz. Have patience with your German Spitz and most importantly, have a good time!
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