To teach your Afghan Hound tricks, even easy ones, you need to always have some small treats, teach him in a quiet suitable place and hold the teaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Afghan Hound will start to get bored. Take note that when he gets something right give him lots of appreciation and a reward snack, though be mindful not to get him extra fired up or he may likely lose concentration.
Teach your Afghan Hound to offer you his paw
To get your Afghan Hound 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. And then repeat this, and after a couple of practices don’t take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You must see that he is raising his paw up as you state the word. If he doesn’t then return to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your response once again. After just a couple of sessions most Afghan Hounds pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Afghan Hound to give you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a continuation of an earlier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in your two fingers and raise your hand just a little higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Afghan Hound will assume you wish to do the paw trick and will grab for the treat with his paw as we taught him in the previous trick. While he reaches up you state “high 5” and give him the snack. As soon as your Afghan Hound has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 should be really easy to learn and with just a few sessions he will be doing it from your hand signal instead of your voice.
Teach your Afghan Hound to jump 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 don’t really want your Afghan Hound to injure himself while carrying out the trick. Set your Afghan Hound to one side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and offer the Afghan Hound the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may attempt to walk around or beneath the hoop. If this occurs begin again. Your Afghan Hound wants the treat and will soon discover that going around or under does not get it done so he will quickly start going through it. The instant he does, say “hoop” and offer him the snack. He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started off teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and gradually brought it to waist height. If you have a smaller dog you may want to begin with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and after that slowly lift it more once he gets used to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Afghan Hound. Have patience with your Afghan Hound and most of all, have a good time!
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