To teach your Barbet tricks, even simple ones, you need to carry some tasty treats, go to a remote suitable location and always keep the teaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Barbet will begin to get bored. Bear in mind when he gets something right offer him great deals of praise and a reward snack, yet take care not to get him extremely fired up or he will lose focus.
Teach your Barbet to offer you his paw
To teach your Barbet to give 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 snack. Then repeat this, and after a couple of times do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then take it. You must notice that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he does not 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 few sessions most Barbets pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Barbet to offer you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a progression of an earlier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a treat in your two fingers and raise your hand a bit higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Barbet will think you desire to perform the paw trick and will grab the snack with his paw as we had instructed him earlier. As he reaches up you state “high 5” and offer him the snack. Once your Barbet has mastered the paw trick this 1 will probably be extremely simple to master and with only a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal instead of your voice.
Teach your Barbet 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 too high as you don’t really want your Barbet to hurt himself while doing the trick. Place your Barbet on one side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and offer the Barbet the command to stop sitting. Initially he may attempt to walk around or under the hoop. When this happens start again. Your Barbet wants the treat and will quickly discover that walking around or beneath doesn’t get it so he’ll quickly begin going through it. The minute he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will quickly be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I initially started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and gradually brought it to waist height. In the case that you own a smaller dog you may wish to start with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then slowly elevate it as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Barbet. Have patience with your Barbet and above all, have fun!
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