To teach your Elo tricks, even the easy ones, you should always have some yummy treats, teach him in a quiet suitable location and keep the training sessions to ten to fifteen minutes or your Elo will begin to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something correct offer him lots of appreciation and a reward snack, yet be careful not to get him excessively ecstatic or he will lose focus.
Teach your Elo to give you his paw
To teach your Elo to offer 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 snack. Now do it again, and after a couple of successful tries do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and only then take it. You must observe that he is bringing his paw up 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 reaction again. After a few sessions most Elos pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Elo to offer you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a progression of an easier trick, in this case the paw trick. Place a treat in your fingers and raise your hand just a little higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Elo will believe you desire to perform the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we had taught him earlier. As he rises you say “high 5” and give your Elo the treat. As soon as your Elo has mastered the paw trick this one should be really easy to understand and with just a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal rather than your voice.
Teach your Elo to leap through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you do not want your Elo to injure himself while carrying out the trick. Set your Elo on one side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and offer the Elo the command to stop sitting. At first he might try to walk around or underneath the hula hoop. If this occurs start again. Your Elo desires the treat and will soon find out that walking around or under doesn’t work so he’ll soon begin going through it. Once he does, state “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will soon be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I began teaching this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the floor and gradually brought it to waist height. If you own a smaller sized dog you may desire to begin with the hoop touching the floor so he just goes through the hoop and after that slowly lift it once he gets accustomed to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Elo. Have patience with your Elo and above all, have a good time!
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