To teach your Border Collie tricks, even simple ones, you should carry some small snacks, be in an obscure suitable place and maintain the learning sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or the Border Collie will start to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something right offer him great deals of appreciation and a reward snack, yet beware not to get him extra ecstatic or he might just lose concentration.
Teach your Border Collie to give you his paw
To get your Border Collie to give you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a treat. After that do this again, and after a few practices don’t take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and after that take it. You should notice that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he does not then go back to stating it at the very same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your reaction once again. After just a couple of sessions most Border Collies pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your Border Collie to offer you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, and in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in your two fingers and lift your hand just a little higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Border Collie will think you want to do the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we had trained him previously. As he reaches up you state “high five” and offer your Border Collie the snack. When your Border Collie has mastered the paw trick this one should be very simple to master and with only a couple of sessions he will be performing it on hand signal rather than voice control.
Teach your Border Collie to leap through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you don’t want your Border Collie to hurt himself while carrying out the trick. Place your Border Collie 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 offer the Border Collie the command to stop sitting. In the beginning he may try to walk around or underneath the hoop. In the event that this takes place begin once again. Your Border Collie wants the treat and will soon find out that going around or underneath doesn’t get it done so he’ll quickly begin going through it. The instant he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will quickly be leaping through the hoop upon 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 slowly brought it to waist height. If you have a smaller sized dog you might desire to start with the hoop touching the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and after that gradually raise it more as he gets used to the trick.
I really hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Border Collie. Have patience with your Border Collie and most importantly, have fun!
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