To teach your Irish Wolfhound tricks, even the simple ones, you should get some small treats, be in a remote suitable location and manage to keep the teaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or the Irish Wolfhound will start to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something correct offer him lots of appreciation and a reward treat, however take care not to get him overly ecstatic or he will lose focus.
Teach your Irish Wolfhound to give you his paw
To get your Irish Wolfhound to give you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a snack. Now repeat this, and after a few practices don’t take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and after that take it. You need to see that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then go back to saying it at the very same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your reaction once again. After just a couple of sessions most Irish Wolfhounds pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Irish Wolfhound to offer you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of an easier trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a snack in between your fingers and lift your hand a little higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Irish Wolfhound will think you wish to do the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we had trained him previously. While he rises you say “high 5” and offer him the snack. As soon as your Irish Wolfhound has mastered the paw trick this 1 will likely be very easy to understand and with only a few sessions he will be accomplishing it from your hand signal rather than voice control.
Teach your Irish Wolfhound 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 as you do not want your Irish Wolfhound to injure himself while doing the trick. Place your Irish Wolfhound on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a treat in your hand and offer the Irish Wolfhound the command to stop sitting. At first he might try to go around or underneath the hula hoop. If this happens start once again. Your Irish Wolfhound wants the snack and will soon discover that going around or underneath doesn’t work so he’ll soon start going through it. If he does, state “hoop” and offer him the snack. He will soon be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I initially started doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and gradually raised it to waist height. If you own a smaller dog you might want to start with the hoop on the ground so he just goes through the hoop and after that gradually raise it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Irish Wolfhound. Have patience with your Irish Wolfhound and above all, have fun!
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