To teach your Gordon Setter tricks, even simple ones, you should always have some of his favorite treats, be in a remote suitable place and always keep the training sessions to under fifteen minutes or the Gordon Setter will begin to get bored. Don’t forget that when he gets something correct give him lots of appreciation and a reward treat, just take care not to get him over excited or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Gordon Setter to give you his paw
To teach your Gordon Setter to give you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a treat. Then repeat this, and after a few successful tries don’t take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then take it. You should discover that he is raising his paw upward as you say the word. If he does not then return to stating it at the same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your reaction again. After a couple of sessions most Gordon Setters pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your Gordon Setter to offer you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an earlier trick, and in this case the paw trick. Place a snack in your two fingers and lift your hand just a little higher than you would raise it for the paw trick. Your Gordon Setter will expect you wish to do the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we had trained him in the previous trick. Once he rises you say “high five” and offer him the treat. Once your Gordon Setter has mastered the paw trick this 1 should be really easy to master and with only a couple of sessions he will be doing it on hand signal instead of vocal commands.
Teach your Gordon Setter to leap through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little sensible and not suspend the hoop too high up as you don’t really want your Gordon Setter to injure himself while performing the trick. Place your Gordon Setter on one side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and offer the Gordon Setter the command to stop sitting. At first he may attempt to go around or under the hula hoop. When this occurs start again. Your Gordon Setter wants the snack and will soon discover that walking around or underneath does not work so he’ll soon begin going through it. When he does, say “hoop” and offer him the snack. He’ll quickly be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the ground and slowly increased it to waist high. In case 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 accustomed to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Gordon Setter. Have patience with your Gordon Setter and most importantly, have a good time!
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