To teach your Russian Tracker tricks, even simple ones, you need to always have some of his favorite snacks, take him to an obscure suitable place and try to keep the learning sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Russian Tracker will begin to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something correct give him great deals of appreciation and a reward treat, just be careful not to get him overly excited or he will lose focus.
Teach your Russian Tracker to give you his paw
To teach your Russian Tracker to give 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 treat. And then repeat this, and after a couple of tries do not take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You need to discover that he is raising his paw up as you say the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction once again. After just a few sessions most Russian Trackers pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Russian Tracker to offer you a high five
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, and in this case the paw trick. Place a snack in between your fingers and raise your hand a little bit higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Russian Tracker will think you wish to perform the paw trick and will grab for the snack with his paw as we had trained him previously. While he rises you state “high five” and give him the treat. Once your Russian Tracker has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 should be very easy to understand and with just a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your Russian Tracker to jump through a hoop
Before you start this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little sensible and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you do not want your Russian Tracker to hurt himself while practicing the trick. Place your Russian Tracker on one side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and give the Russian Tracker the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may attempt to go around or below the hula hoop. When this takes place begin once again. Your Russian Tracker wants the treat and will soon find out that going around or beneath does not work so he’ll quickly start going through it. As soon as he does, state “hoop” and offer him the snack. He’ll soon be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started off doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and gradually brought it to waist high. In the case that you own a smaller sized dog you may desire to begin with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and after that slowly elevate it once he gets used to the trick.
I know you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Russian Tracker. Have patience with your Russian Tracker and most of all, have fun!
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