To teach your Maltese tricks, even simple ones, you need to carry some good snacks, teach him in a quiet suitable location and manage to keep the teaching sessions to under fifteen minutes or the Maltese will begin to get bored. Keep in mind when he gets something correct give him great deals of appreciation and a reward snack, though beware not to get him extra ecstatic or he may perhaps lose concentration.
Teach your Maltese to give you his paw
To teach your Maltese to offer you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. Then do this again, and after a few times do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then after that take it. You should discover that he is raising his paw upward as you say the word. If he does not then go back to stating it at the same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your reaction once again. After two or three sessions most Malteses pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Maltese to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a progression of an earlier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and raise your hand a little higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Maltese will think you want to do the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we taught him earlier. While he rises you state “high 5” and offer your Maltese the snack. Once your Maltese has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 will probably be extremely simple to learn and with only a couple of sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your Maltese to jump through a hoop
Before you start this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not hold the hoop too high up as you don’t really want your Maltese to harm himself while doing the trick. Set your Maltese to one side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and give the Maltese the command to stop sitting. At first he might try to walk around or beneath the hoop. When this happens start again. Your Maltese wants the treat and will quickly find out that walking around or beneath does not get it done so he’ll soon begin going through it. The second he does, say “hoop” and give him the treat. He will quickly be leaping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I started doing this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and slowly lifted it to waist height. If you possess a smaller dog you may desire to begin with the hoop touching the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and after that gradually raise it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Maltese. Have patience with your Maltese and most of all, have fun!
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