To teach your Sussex Spaniel tricks, even the easy ones, you need to have in hand some small snacks, go to a quiet suitable place and keep the coaching sessions to ten to fifteen minutes or your Sussex Spaniel will start to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something right give him lots of praise and a reward treat, just take care not to get him extremely fired up or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Sussex Spaniel to offer you his paw
To get your Sussex Spaniel to give you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a treat. Next do this again, and after a couple of times do not take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and then after that take it. You ought to discover that he is raising his paw up as you state the word. If he does not then return to saying it at the very same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your reaction again. After a few sessions most Sussex Spaniels pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Sussex Spaniel to give you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of a simpler trick, and in this case the paw trick. Place a snack in between your fingers and raise your hand just a bit higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Sussex Spaniel will presume you wish to do the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we taught him in the prior trick. While he reaches up you say “high five” and offer him the treat. Once your Sussex Spaniel has mastered the paw trick this one will probably be very easy to learn and with only a couple of sessions he will be accomplishing it from your hand signal rather than your voice.
Teach your Sussex Spaniel to leap through a hoop
Before you begin this one I would just like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you do not really want your Sussex Spaniel to harm himself while performing the trick. Place your Sussex Spaniel to one side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the Sussex Spaniel the command to stop sitting. At first he may attempt to go around or beneath the hoop. If this happens begin again. Your Sussex Spaniel wants the treat and will quickly learn that going around or below does not get it so he will soon start going through it. The moment he does, state “hoop” and give him the snack. He will quickly be leaping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I started doing this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the floor and gradually raised it to waist height. If you possess a smaller dog you might wish to begin with the hoop on the ground so he just goes through the hoop and after that gradually elevate it as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Sussex Spaniel. Have patience with your Sussex Spaniel and most importantly, have fun!
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