To teach your Basset Hound tricks, even the simple ones, you need to provide some small snacks, take him to a quiet suitable place and try to keep the instruction sessions to under 15 minutes or your Basset Hound will start to get tired. Always remember when he gets something correct offer him great deals of appreciation and a reward treat, just take care not to get him extremely fired up or he might just lose focus.
Teach your Basset Hound to give you his paw
To train your Basset Hound 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. Now repeat this, and after a couple of times don’t take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and then take it. You need to observe that he is bringing 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 more times then slow your response again. After just a few sessions most Basset Hounds pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Basset Hound to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of a simpler trick, in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and lift your hand a little bit higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Basset Hound will presume you wish to perform the paw trick and will grab for the snack with his paw as we taught him in the previous trick. While he reaches up you say “high five” and give him the snack. As soon as your Basset Hound has mastered the paw trick this 1 should be extremely easy to understand and with only a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your Basset Hound to leap through a hoop
Before you start this one I would just like to ask you to be a little practical and not hold the hoop too high up as you do not want your Basset Hound to hurt himself while performing the trick. Set your Basset Hound to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and give the Basset Hound the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he might try to go around or under the hula hoop. When this takes place begin again. Your Basset Hound desires the snack and will soon learn that walking around or under doesn’t work so he’ll quickly start going through it. The instant he does, say “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 started with the hoop six inches from the ground and slowly lifted it to waist height. In the event that you possess a smaller dog you might wish to begin with the hoop touching the ground so he just goes through the hoop and then gradually elevate it as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Basset Hound. Have patience with your Basset Hound and most of all, have a good time!
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