To teach your Kuvasz tricks, even the simple ones, you should have some small treats, be in a remote suitable place and hold the teaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Kuvasz will begin to get tired. Remember when he gets something correct give him great deals of praise and a reward snack, just beware not to get him over thrilled or he might perhaps lose focus.
Teach your Kuvasz to offer you his paw
To teach your Kuvasz to offer 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 practices do not take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then take it. You need to discover that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then return to stating it at the same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your response once again. After just a few sessions most Kuvaszs pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Kuvasz to offer you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a progression of a basic trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and lift your hand slightly higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Kuvasz will expect you want to perform the paw trick and will grab the snack with his paw as we had taught him earlier. Once he reaches up you say “high 5” and give him the treat. When your Kuvasz has mastered the paw trick this one should be really easy to understand and with just a couple of sessions he will be accomplishing it from your hand signal rather than vocal commands.
Teach your Kuvasz to leap through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop too high up as you don’t really want your Kuvasz to hurt himself while practicing the trick. Place your Kuvasz on one side of a hula hoop, get him to focus on your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the Kuvasz the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may attempt to walk around or under the hoop. If this occurs begin once again. Your Kuvasz wants the treat and will quickly find out that walking around or below does not get it so he will soon start going through it. The instant he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first began doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the ground and gradually lifted it to waist height. In the event that you own a smaller dog you might want to begin with the hoop touching the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then slowly lift it as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Kuvasz. Have patience with your Kuvasz and above all, have a good time!
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