To teach your Rhodesian Ridgeback tricks, even simple ones, you should have some of his favorite snacks, take him to a quiet suitable location and hold the coaching sessions to under 15 minutes or your Rhodesian Ridgeback will begin to get bored. Just remember when he gets something right give him lots of praise and a reward snack, yet be mindful not to get him too thrilled or he might lose concentration.
Teach your Rhodesian Ridgeback to give you his paw
To get your Rhodesian Ridgeback to offer you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a treat. After that repeat this, and after a few successful tries do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You must observe that he is bringing his paw upward as you say the word. If he does not then go back to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction again. After a couple of sessions most Rhodesian Ridgebacks pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your Rhodesian Ridgeback to offer you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an earlier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a treat in between your two fingers and lift your hand somewhat higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Rhodesian Ridgeback will think you want to do the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we taught him previously. While he rises you say “high 5” and give your Rhodesian Ridgeback the treat. When your Rhodesian Ridgeback has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 will likely be very simple to understand and with just a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal instead of voice control.
Teach your Rhodesian Ridgeback to jump through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little practical and not hold the hoop too high as you do not want your Rhodesian Ridgeback to injure himself while practicing the trick. Place your Rhodesian Ridgeback to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and give the Rhodesian Ridgeback the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he might attempt to walk around or beneath the hula hoop. If this occurs begin again. Your Rhodesian Ridgeback wants the snack and will soon find out that walking around or beneath does not get it so he’ll soon start going through it. As soon as he does, say “hoop” and give him the snack. He will soon be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I initially started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the ground and gradually lifted it to waist high. In the event that you own a smaller dog you might wish to start with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then slowly lift it once he gets accustomed to the trick.
I really hope you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Rhodesian Ridgeback. Have patience with your Rhodesian Ridgeback and most of all, have fun!
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