To teach your Miniature American Shepherd tricks, even simple ones, you should get hold of some of his favorite snacks, take him to a quiet suitable location and manage to keep the coaching sessions to under fifteen minutes or your Miniature American Shepherd will begin to get tired. Keep in mind when he gets something correct give him lots of praise and a reward treat, just take care not to get him extremely excited or he will lose focus.
Teach your Miniature American Shepherd to offer you his paw
To get your Miniature American Shepherd to offer you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a snack. Next do it again, and after a couple of successful tries do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You should see that he is bringing his paw upward 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 two or three sessions most Miniature American Shepherds pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Miniature American Shepherd to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, in this case the paw trick. Place a snack in between your fingers and lift your hand a bit higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Miniature American Shepherd will presume you desire to do the paw trick and will grab the snack with his paw as we had trained him in the prior trick. Once he reaches up you state “high five” and offer your Miniature American Shepherd the snack. Once your Miniature American Shepherd has mastered the paw trick this one will likely be very simple to understand and with just a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Miniature American Shepherd to jump through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little practical and not hold the hoop too high as you don’t really want your Miniature American Shepherd to hurt himself while practicing the trick. Set your Miniature American Shepherd on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and give the Miniature American Shepherd the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may attempt to walk around or under the hoop. When this happens begin again. Your Miniature American Shepherd wants the snack and will soon find out that going around or below doesn’t work so he will quickly begin going through it. The minute he does, state “hoop” and give him the treat. He’ll quickly be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I initially began teaching this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the floor and gradually raised it to waist high. In the event that you have a smaller sized dog you may wish to start with the hoop on the ground so he just goes through the hoop and then gradually elevate it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Miniature American Shepherd. Have patience with your Miniature American Shepherd and above all, have fun!
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