To teach your Old English Sheepdog tricks, even the easy ones, you need to have some of his favorite treats, go to a quiet suitable place and try to keep the training sessions to under 15 minutes or your Old English Sheepdog will begin to get tired. Don’t forget that when he gets something right offer him lots of praise and a reward treat, just take care not to get him over thrilled or he might lose concentration.
Teach your Old English Sheepdog to give you his paw
To train your Old English Sheepdog 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 treat. And then do this again, and after a few times do not take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and only then take it. You need to observe that he is raising his paw upward as you say the word. If he does not then go back to saying it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction once again. After a few sessions most Old English Sheepdogs pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Old English Sheepdog to offer you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an easier trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your fingers and lift your hand just a bit higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Old English Sheepdog will presume you wish to do the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we had taught him in the prior trick. Once he reaches up you say “high 5” and offer your Old English Sheepdog the snack. As soon as your Old English Sheepdog has actually mastered the paw trick this one will likely be extremely easy to learn and with just a few sessions he will be performing it on hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your Old English Sheepdog to leap through a hoop
Before you start this one I would just like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not hold the hoop higher than necessary as you don’t want your Old English Sheepdog to injure himself while practicing the trick. Place your Old English Sheepdog to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and give the Old English Sheepdog the command to stop sitting. At first he may attempt to go around or underneath the hula hoop. If this occurs begin once again. Your Old English Sheepdog wants the snack and will soon discover that going around or under does not get it so he’ll soon begin going through it. When he does, say “hoop” and give him the snack. He’ll soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started off teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and gradually brought it to waist height. In the case that you own a smaller sized dog you may desire to start with the hoop touching the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and then slowly elevate it more once he gets used to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Old English Sheepdog. Have patience with your Old English Sheepdog and above all, have a good time!
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