To teach your Belgian Shepherd Dog tricks, even the simple ones, you need to get hold of some delicious snacks, be in an obscure suitable location and keep the instruction sessions to under 15 minutes or the Belgian Shepherd Dog will start to get tired. Bear in mind when he gets something correct give him great deals of praise and a reward snack, just take care not to get him over ecstatic or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Belgian Shepherd Dog to give you his paw
To teach your Belgian Shepherd Dog 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. Then repeat this, and after a couple of successful tries do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then take it. You need to observe that he is bringing his paw upward as you say the word. If he doesn’t then go back to saying it at the very same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response again. After a few sessions most Belgian Shepherd Dogs pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Belgian Shepherd Dog to give you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a continuation of a basic trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in your two fingers and lift your hand a little bit higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Belgian Shepherd Dog will think you wish to perform the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we taught him earlier. Once he reaches up you say “high five” and give your Belgian Shepherd Dog the treat. As soon as your Belgian Shepherd Dog has mastered the paw trick this one ought to be very simple to understand and with only a few sessions he will be accomplishing it from your hand signal rather than voice control.
Teach your Belgian Shepherd Dog to jump through a hoop
Before you begin this one I would just like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you don’t really want your Belgian Shepherd Dog to injure himself while performing the trick. Place your Belgian Shepherd Dog on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a treat in your hand and offer the Belgian Shepherd Dog the command to stop sitting. In the beginning he might try to walk around or underneath the hoop. When this happens begin once again. Your Belgian Shepherd Dog desires the snack and will quickly find out that walking around or underneath doesn’t get it done so he will soon start going through it. As soon as he does, state “hoop” and give him the snack. He will soon be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first began teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and gradually increased it to waist high. In the event that you own a smaller dog you might wish to begin with the hoop touching the ground so he just goes through the hoop and after that gradually raise it more once he gets accustomed to the trick.
I really hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Belgian Shepherd Dog. Have patience with your Belgian Shepherd Dog and above all, have fun!
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