To teach your Portuguese Pointer tricks, even simple ones, you need to have in hand some of his favorite treats, be in an obscure suitable place and manage to keep the instruction sessions to under 15 minutes or your Portuguese Pointer will begin to get tired. Always remember when he gets something right give him lots of appreciation and a reward snack, yet beware not to get him too excited or he might lose concentration.
Teach your Portuguese Pointer to give you his paw
To get your Portuguese Pointer to offer you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. Next repeat this, and after a few successful tries do not take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then take it. You should see that he is bringing his paw up as you state the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your response once again. After a couple of sessions most Portuguese Pointers pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your Portuguese Pointer to give you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an easier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your fingers and lift your hand a little bit higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Portuguese Pointer will expect you want to perform the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we had taught him in the prior trick. Once he reaches up you say “high five” and give him the treat. When your Portuguese Pointer has mastered the paw trick this 1 ought to be very easy to learn and with just a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Portuguese Pointer to leap through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little sensible and not hold the hoop higher than necessary as you do not really want your Portuguese Pointer to hurt himself while performing the trick. Set your Portuguese Pointer to one side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a treat in your hand and give the Portuguese Pointer the command to stop sitting. At first he may attempt to go around or below the hoop. In the event that this takes place begin once again. Your Portuguese Pointer desires the treat and will quickly discover that walking around or beneath doesn’t get it done so he’ll quickly begin going through it. If he does, say “hoop” and give him the treat. He will soon be jumping 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 six inches from the ground and gradually increased it to waist high. If you have a smaller dog you might 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 learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Portuguese Pointer. Have patience with your Portuguese Pointer and most importantly, have a good time!
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