To teach your Finnish Lapphund tricks, even easy ones, you should carry some delicious snacks, teach him in a remote suitable place and keep the learning sessions to under 15 minutes or the Finnish Lapphund will start to get tired. Always remember when he gets something right give him lots of praise and a reward snack, however beware not to get him extremely ecstatic or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Finnish Lapphund to give you his paw
To train your Finnish Lapphund to give 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. Then repeat this, and after a few successful tries don’t take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and then after that take it. You need to see that he is bringing his paw up as you state the word. If he does not then go back to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your reaction once again. After two or three sessions most Finnish Lapphunds pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Finnish Lapphund to offer you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a progression of an easier trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your two fingers and raise your hand just a little higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Finnish Lapphund will presume you want to perform the paw trick and will grab for the treat with his paw as we taught him previously. Once he rises you state “high five” and offer him the snack. When your Finnish Lapphund has actually mastered the paw trick this 1 will likely be extremely easy to understand and with only a couple of sessions he will be performing it from your hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Finnish Lapphund to jump through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little sensible and not suspend the hoop too high up as you don’t really want your Finnish Lapphund to harm himself while practicing the trick. Set your Finnish Lapphund on 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the Finnish Lapphund the command to stop sitting. In the beginning he may try to go around or under the hula hoop. In the event that this occurs start once again. Your Finnish Lapphund desires the snack and will soon find out that going around or underneath doesn’t get it so he’ll soon begin going through it. Whenever he does, say “hoop” and give him the treat. He will quickly be leaping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I initially began doing this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the ground and slowly lifted it to waist height. In the case that you possess a smaller dog you may wish to begin with the hoop touching the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and after that slowly raise it more as he gets used to the trick.
I know you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Finnish Lapphund. Have patience with your Finnish Lapphund and most of all, have fun!
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