To teach your Skye Terrier tricks, even the easy ones, you should always have some small treats, be in a quiet suitable place and keep the instruction sessions to ten to fifteen minutes or the Skye Terrier will start to get tired. Don’t forget that when he gets something right give him lots of praise and a reward snack, just beware not to get him too ecstatic or he might perhaps lose concentration.
Teach your Skye Terrier to offer you his paw
To get your Skye Terrier 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. And then do it again, and after a few times don’t take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and then after that take it. You must see that he is raising his paw up as you say the word. If he does not then return to saying it at the same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your response once again. After just a few sessions most Skye Terriers pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Skye Terrier to give you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of a basic trick, and in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in between your fingers and raise your hand a little higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Skye Terrier will think you wish to perform the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we had trained him in the previous trick. Once he rises you state “high 5” and offer him the snack. Once your Skye Terrier has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 will likely be really easy to understand and with only a few sessions he will be performing it from your hand signal instead of vocal commands.
Teach your Skye Terrier to jump through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little sensible and not hold the hoop too high as you do not want your Skye Terrier to hurt himself while doing the trick. Place your Skye Terrier to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the Skye Terrier the command to stop sitting. Initially he might try to walk around or underneath the hula hoop. When this happens start once again. Your Skye Terrier desires the snack and will soon find out that walking around or beneath does not get it so he’ll soon start going through it. The minute he does, state “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I initially started doing this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the floor and slowly increased it to waist height. In case you own a smaller sized dog you may want to begin with the hoop touching the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and then gradually elevate it more once he gets used to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Skye Terrier. Have patience with your Skye Terrier and above all, have fun!
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