To teach your Dutch Smoushond tricks, even the easy ones, you should provide some small snacks, take him to a quiet suitable place and always keep the teaching sessions to under fifteen minutes or your Dutch Smoushond will start to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something right give him great deals of praise and a reward snack, just take care not to get him extra fired up or he will lose focus.
Teach your Dutch Smoushond to give you his paw
To teach your Dutch Smoushond to offer you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a treat. Now repeat this, and after a couple of successful tries do not take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and then take it. You must notice that he is raising his paw upward as you say the word. If he doesn’t then return to saying it at the very same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your response again. After 2 or 3 sessions most Dutch Smoushonds pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Dutch Smoushond to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a continuation of a more basic trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your fingers and raise your hand somewhat higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Dutch Smoushond will expect you wish to perform the paw trick and will grab the snack with his paw as we trained him earlier. While he rises you state “high five” and offer your Dutch Smoushond the treat. As soon as your Dutch Smoushond has mastered the paw trick this one will most likely be very simple to master and with only a few sessions he will be doing it from your hand signal rather than your voice.
Teach your Dutch Smoushond to leap through a hoop
Before you start this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little sensible and not hold the hoop higher than necessary as you don’t really want your Dutch Smoushond to hurt himself while carrying out the trick. Place your Dutch Smoushond on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a treat in your hand and give the Dutch Smoushond the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may try to walk around or underneath the hoop. When this occurs start again. Your Dutch Smoushond wants the snack and will quickly find out that going around or beneath does not get it done so he’ll quickly begin going through it. The minute he does, state “hoop” and offer him the snack. He’ll quickly be leaping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I started off teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and gradually increased it to waist height. In the event that you own a smaller sized dog you might desire to start with the hoop touching the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and after that gradually elevate it as he gets used to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Dutch Smoushond. Have patience with your Dutch Smoushond and most importantly, have fun!
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