To teach your Flat-Coated Retriever tricks, even easy ones, you need to get hold of some small snacks, go to a quiet suitable place and keep the learning sessions to ten to fifteen minutes or your Flat-Coated Retriever will start to get bored. Remember when he gets something correct give him great deals of appreciation and a reward treat, just beware not to get him overly ecstatic or he might lose focus.
Teach your Flat-Coated Retriever to offer you his paw
To get your Flat-Coated Retriever to give you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a treat. Next do this again, and after a few successful tries do not take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then after that take it. You must notice that he is bringing his paw upward as you say the word. If he doesn’t then return to saying it at the same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response again. After just a couple of sessions most Flat-Coated Retrievers pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Flat-Coated Retriever to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a continuation of a more basic trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a snack in between your fingers and lift your hand a little higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Flat-Coated Retriever will expect you desire to do the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we instructed him previously. Once he reaches up you say “high 5” and offer him the treat. As soon as your Flat-Coated Retriever has mastered the paw trick this one will likely be really easy to understand and with just a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal rather than vocal commands.
Teach your Flat-Coated Retriever to jump 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 higher than necessary as you don’t want your Flat-Coated Retriever to harm himself while carrying out the trick. Place your Flat-Coated Retriever on one side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and offer the Flat-Coated Retriever the direction to stop sitting. At first he might try to walk around or underneath the hula hoop. If this takes place start once again. Your Flat-Coated Retriever desires the treat and will quickly find out that going around or underneath does not get it so he will quickly start going through it. Once he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. He’ll quickly be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I first started doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the floor and slowly increased it to waist height. In the event that you own a smaller sized dog you may wish to begin with the hoop touching the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and after that slowly lift it more as he gets used to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Flat-Coated Retriever. Have patience with your Flat-Coated Retriever and most importantly, have fun!
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