To teach your American Staffordshire Terrier tricks, even simple ones, you need to get some good treats, be in an obscure suitable place and hold the learning sessions to ten to fifteen minutes or the American Staffordshire Terrier will start to get tired. Remember when he gets something correct give him great deals of praise and a reward snack, though be mindful not to get him overly thrilled or he might lose concentration.
Teach your American Staffordshire Terrier to give you his paw
To train your American Staffordshire Terrier to give you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a treat. Then do this again, and after a few tries do not take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and after that take it. You should see that he is raising his paw upward as you say the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response once again. After two or three sessions most American Staffordshire Terriers pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your American Staffordshire Terrier to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an earlier trick, and in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and lift your hand just a little higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your American Staffordshire Terrier will think you want to do the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we taught him in the previous trick. While he reaches up you say “high 5” and offer him the treat. As soon as your American Staffordshire Terrier has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 ought to be extremely simple to understand and with just a couple of sessions he will be performing it on hand signal instead of voice control.
Teach your American Staffordshire Terrier to leap through a hoop
Before you begin this one I would just like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you do not really want your American Staffordshire Terrier to hurt himself while practicing the trick. Place your American Staffordshire Terrier to one side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and offer the American Staffordshire Terrier the command to stop sitting. At first he may try to walk around or below the hula hoop. If this occurs begin again. Your American Staffordshire Terrier desires the snack and will quickly discover that going around or beneath does not get it so he will quickly begin going through it. The moment he does, say “hoop” and offer him the snack. He’ll soon be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and gradually raised it to waist height. In the case that you possess a smaller sized dog you might wish to begin with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then gradually raise it as he gets used to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your American Staffordshire Terrier. Have patience with your American Staffordshire Terrier and most of all, have a good time!
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