To teach your Finnish Spitz tricks, even the easy ones, you need to get hold of some small treats, go to a quiet suitable place and keep the training sessions to under 15 minutes or your Finnish Spitz will start to get tired. Keep in mind when he gets something correct give him great deals of appreciation and a reward treat, just take care not to get him over excited or he will lose focus.
Teach your Finnish Spitz to give you his paw
To get your Finnish Spitz to offer you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. Next do it again, and after a couple of successful tries don’t take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and after that take it. You should discover that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he does not then return to stating it at the same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response once again. After 2 or 3 sessions most Finnish Spitzs pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your Finnish Spitz to give you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, in this case the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your two fingers and raise your hand just a bit higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Finnish Spitz will expect you desire to do the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we instructed him in the prior trick. Once he reaches up you state “high 5” and offer him the snack. Once your Finnish Spitz has mastered the paw trick this one ought to be very easy to learn and with just a few sessions he will be performing it from your hand signal rather than your voice.
Teach your Finnish Spitz to jump through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not suspend the hoop higher than necessary as you do not want your Finnish Spitz to harm himself while doing the trick. Set your Finnish Spitz to one side of a hula hoop, get him to focus on your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the Finnish Spitz the command to stop sitting. At first he may attempt to go around or beneath the hula hoop. If this takes place begin once again. Your Finnish Spitz desires the snack and will soon discover that going around or below does not get it so he will soon start going through it. The instant he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will soon be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I initially started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the ground and slowly raised it to waist height. If you own a smaller dog you might desire to start with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I know you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Finnish Spitz. Have patience with your Finnish Spitz and most importantly, have fun!
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