To teach your East-European Shepherd tricks, even simple ones, you should have in hand some small snacks, take him to an obscure suitable location and hold the learning sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your East-European Shepherd will begin to get bored. Just remember when he gets something right give him lots of appreciation and a reward snack, just beware not to get him over ecstatic or he can lose focus.
Teach your East-European Shepherd to give you his paw
To get your East-European Shepherd to give you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a treat. After that do this again, and after a few practices do not take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and only then take it. You ought to notice that he is raising his paw up as you state the word. If he does not then go back to stating it at the same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction again. After 2 or 3 sessions most East-European Shepherds pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your East-European Shepherd to give you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, in this case the paw trick. Place a snack in between your fingers and lift your hand just a bit higher than you would for the paw trick. Your East-European Shepherd will assume you desire to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we had trained him previously. While he rises you state “high five” and give your East-European Shepherd the treat. As soon as your East-European Shepherd has mastered the paw trick this 1 will probably be very simple to learn and with just a couple of sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your East-European Shepherd to jump 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 too high as you do not want your East-European Shepherd to hurt himself while performing the trick. Place your East-European Shepherd on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the East-European Shepherd the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he might try to go around or under the hula hoop. If this happens begin once again. Your East-European Shepherd desires the snack and will soon learn that walking around or under does not get it so he will soon start going through it. When he does, state “hoop” and offer him the snack. He’ll soon be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I first started doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the floor and gradually raised it to waist high. On the occasion that you own a smaller dog you might wish to start with the hoop on the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and after that gradually elevate it once he gets used to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your East-European Shepherd. Have patience with your East-European Shepherd and above all, have a good time!
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