To teach your Greek Harehound tricks, even easy ones, you need to always have some delicious snacks, teach him in a quiet suitable location and hold the training sessions to ten to fifteen minutes or the Greek Harehound will start to get tired. Just remember when he gets something correct give him great deals of appreciation and a reward snack, but beware not to get him over fired up or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Greek Harehound to give you his paw
To teach your Greek Harehound to offer you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. After that repeat this, and after a few tries don’t take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then take it. You need to notice that he is raising his paw up as you say the word. If he doesn’t then return to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your reaction again. After just a few sessions most Greek Harehounds pick this trick up rather easily.
Teach your Greek Harehound to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a progression of a simpler trick, in this case the paw trick. Hold a snack in your fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you would raise it for the paw trick. Your Greek Harehound will assume you wish to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we taught him in the previous trick. Once he reaches up you say “high 5” and offer him the treat. As soon as your Greek Harehound has actually mastered the paw trick this one should be really simple to master and with just a couple of sessions he will be doing it from your hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Greek Harehound 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 higher than necessary as you do not want your Greek Harehound to injure himself while doing the trick. Place your Greek Harehound to 1 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 Greek Harehound the command to stop sitting. At first he might try to walk around or under the hoop. When this takes place begin once again. Your Greek Harehound desires the treat and will soon discover that going around or under does not get it done so he will quickly begin going through it. As soon as he does, state “hoop” and offer him the treat. He’ll soon be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I initially began doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop six inches from the ground and slowly brought it to waist height. In case you own a smaller dog you may desire to begin with the hoop touching the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and then gradually elevate it once he gets used to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Greek Harehound. Have patience with your Greek Harehound and most of all, have fun!
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