To teach your Akbash tricks, even the easy ones, you need to always have some small snacks, take him to a quiet suitable location and try to keep the learning sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Akbash will start to get tired. Keep in mind when he gets something correct offer him lots of praise and a reward treat, just beware not to get him overly excited or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Akbash to offer you his paw
To train your Akbash to give you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. Next repeat this, and after a couple of tries don’t take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and then take it. You must discover that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the very same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your response once again. After two or three sessions most Akbashs pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Akbash to give you a high five
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a continuation of an earlier trick, and in this case the paw trick. Hold a snack in your fingers and lift your hand a little higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Akbash will think you wish to do the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we had trained him previously. Once he rises you say “high 5” and offer your Akbash the treat. As soon as your Akbash has mastered the paw trick this 1 will most likely be very easy to learn and with only a couple of sessions he will be doing it from your hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your Akbash to leap through a hoop
Before you start this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not hold the hoop too high up as you don’t want your Akbash to hurt himself while carrying out the trick. Place your Akbash to 1 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 Akbash the command to stop sitting. In the beginning he might attempt to walk around or underneath the hoop. When this takes place begin once again. Your Akbash wants the treat and will quickly find out that going around or under doesn’t get it done so he’ll soon start going through it. The minute he does, state “hoop” and offer him the snack. He will quickly be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the floor and slowly raised it to waist height. In the event that you have a smaller sized dog you may desire to begin with the hoop on the ground so he just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it more as he gets used to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Akbash. Have patience with your Akbash and most of all, have fun!
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