To teach your Spanish Mastiff tricks, even the simple ones, you need to carry some of his favorite treats, go to a quiet suitable location and hold the training sessions to under fifteen minutes or the Spanish Mastiff will begin to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something correct offer him lots of appreciation and a reward snack, but be careful not to get him overly excited or he might lose concentration.
Teach your Spanish Mastiff to give you his paw
To get your Spanish Mastiff to give you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a snack. After that repeat this, and after a couple of times don’t take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and only then take it. You need to notice that he is raising his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then return to stating it at the same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your reaction again. After just a few sessions most Spanish Mastiffs pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Spanish Mastiff to offer you a high five
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of a more basic trick, in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in between your fingers and lift your hand a bit higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Spanish Mastiff will assume you desire to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we instructed him earlier. While he rises you say “high 5” and offer him the treat. When your Spanish Mastiff has actually mastered the paw trick this one should be very easy to understand and with only a few sessions he will be performing it from your hand signal instead of vocal commands.
Teach your Spanish Mastiff to jump through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little sensible and not suspend the hoop too high as you don’t really want your Spanish Mastiff to injure himself while performing the trick. Place your Spanish Mastiff on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and give the Spanish Mastiff the direction to stop sitting. Initially he may attempt to go around or under the hoop. If this occurs start again. Your Spanish Mastiff wants the treat and will soon discover that going around or beneath does not get it done so he will soon start going through it. Once he does, state “hoop” and give him the snack. He will soon be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first began doing this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and slowly increased it to waist height. In the case that you have a smaller sized dog you might desire to begin with the hoop on the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and then gradually raise it as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I really hope you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Spanish Mastiff. Have patience with your Spanish Mastiff and above all, have a good time!
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