To teach your Alaskan Malamute tricks, even easy ones, you should carry some small treats, go to a secluded suitable place and try to keep the training sessions to under 15 minutes or your Alaskan Malamute will start to get tired. Take note that when he gets something right give him lots of appreciation and a reward treat, however beware not to get him extra ecstatic or he may possibly lose focus.
Teach your Alaskan Malamute to offer you his paw
To train your Alaskan Malamute to offer 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 it again, and after a couple of practices don’t take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then take it. You need to notice that he is raising his paw upward as you say the word. If he doesn’t then go back to saying it at the same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response once again. After just a couple of sessions most Alaskan Malamutes pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Alaskan Malamute to offer you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an easier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and raise your hand somewhat higher than you would raise it for the paw trick. Your Alaskan Malamute will believe you want to do the paw trick and will grab for the treat with his paw as we instructed him earlier. While he rises you state “high 5” and offer him the treat. When your Alaskan Malamute has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 will most likely be really simple to master and with just a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal instead of your voice.
Teach your Alaskan Malamute 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 really want your Alaskan Malamute to injure himself while doing the trick. Set your Alaskan Malamute on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to focus on your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and give the Alaskan Malamute the command to stop sitting. Initially he might try to go around or under the hula hoop. When this happens begin once again. Your Alaskan Malamute wants the treat and will soon discover that walking around or below does not get it done so he’ll soon start going through it. The minute he does, state “hoop” and give him the snack. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started off teaching this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and slowly increased it to waist high. If you own a smaller dog you may wish to begin with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and then slowly lift it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Alaskan Malamute. Have patience with your Alaskan Malamute and above all, have fun!
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