To teach your Shikoku tricks, even the simple ones, you should have some of his favorite treats, be in a quiet suitable place and hold the teaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Shikoku will start to get tired. Keep in mind when he gets something right offer him lots of praise and a reward treat, just beware not to get him extremely excited or he might lose concentration.
Teach your Shikoku to offer you his paw
To get your Shikoku 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 treat. And then repeat this, and after a few practices do not take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then after that take it. You need to see that he is bringing his paw upward as you say the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the very same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your reaction once again. After a few sessions most Shikokus pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Shikoku to offer you a high five
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a progression of an earlier trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in between your fingers and lift your hand a little higher than you would raise it for the paw trick. Your Shikoku will presume you desire to perform the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we had instructed him earlier. While he rises you state “high five” and give your Shikoku the treat. Once your Shikoku has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 should be really simple to understand and with just a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal instead of voice control.
Teach your Shikoku to jump through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little practical and not hold the hoop higher than necessary as you don’t want your Shikoku to hurt himself while carrying out the trick. Place your Shikoku on one side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the Shikoku the command to stop sitting. Initially he may try to walk around or beneath the hoop. In the event that this happens begin once again. Your Shikoku wants the snack and will soon discover that walking around or beneath doesn’t get it done so he’ll quickly begin going through it. When he does, say “hoop” and offer him the snack. He’ll quickly be leaping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I started off doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the floor and gradually lifted it to waist height. On the occasion that you have a smaller dog you might want to begin with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then gradually lift it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I know you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Shikoku. Have patience with your Shikoku and most of all, have a good time!
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