Three Tricks You Can Teach Your Harrier Now

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3 Tricks To Teach Your Harrier
3 Tricks To Teach Your Harrier

To teach your Harrier tricks, even easy ones, you need to get some delicious snacks, be in a secluded suitable place and hold the instruction sessions to under fifteen minutes or your Harrier will begin to get tired. Keep in mind when he gets something right give him great deals of appreciation and a reward snack, though take care not to get him excessively fired up or he might lose concentration.

Teach your Harrier to give you his paw

To teach your Harrier to offer you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a snack. Then do it again, and after a few practices don’t take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You should observe that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the very same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your reaction once again. After 2 or 3 sessions most Harriers pick this trick up rather easily.

Teach your Harrier to offer you a high 5

Like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of a simpler trick, and in this case the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your two fingers and lift your hand just a bit higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Harrier will believe you want to perform the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we taught him previously. While he reaches up you state “high five” and offer your Harrier the snack. When your Harrier has actually mastered the paw trick this one will most likely be really easy to learn and with only a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal instead of from your voice.

Teach your Harrier to leap through a hoop

Before you start this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little sensible and not hold the hoop too high as you don’t really want your Harrier to hurt himself while doing the trick. Set your Harrier to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and give the Harrier the command to stop sitting. At first he might attempt to walk around or beneath the hoop. In the event that this occurs start again. Your Harrier wants the snack and will quickly discover that going around or underneath doesn’t get it done so he will soon start going through it. When he does, say “hoop” and offer him the snack. He’ll soon be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I began doing this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the ground and gradually increased it to waist height. If you have a smaller sized dog you may wish to begin with the hoop touching the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and then gradually lift it more once he gets used to the trick.

I expect you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Harrier. Have patience with your Harrier and most importantly, have fun!

Don’t forget to check out these other articles about Harriers

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