To teach your Irish Water Spaniel tricks, even the easy ones, you should get hold of some small snacks, go to a quiet suitable place and maintain the instruction sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or the Irish Water Spaniel will start to get tired. Don’t forget that when he gets something correct give him lots of praise and a reward treat, though take care not to get him over fired up or he might lose concentration.
Teach your Irish Water Spaniel to offer you his paw
To train your Irish Water Spaniel 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 treat. Then repeat this, and after a couple of tries don’t take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and then after that take it. You must see that he is bringing his paw up as you state the word. If he does not then return to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction once again. After a few sessions most Irish Water Spaniels pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Irish Water Spaniel to give you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a continuation of an earlier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a treat in your two fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you would raise it for the paw trick. Your Irish Water Spaniel will presume you desire to perform the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we taught him in the prior trick. Once he rises you say “high five” and offer him the snack. Once your Irish Water Spaniel has mastered the paw trick this 1 should be very easy to understand and with just a few sessions he will be accomplishing it on hand signal instead of vocal commands.
Teach your Irish Water Spaniel to jump 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 too high as you do not really want your Irish Water Spaniel to hurt himself while doing the trick. Set your Irish Water Spaniel 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 give the Irish Water Spaniel the direction to stop sitting. At first he might try to walk around or below the hoop. In the event that this occurs start again. Your Irish Water Spaniel desires the treat and will quickly find out that walking around or under does not get it done so he’ll quickly begin going through it. If he does, state “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I first began doing this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and slowly lifted it to waist high. In the case that you possess a smaller sized dog you may wish to start with the hoop on the ground so he simply goes through the hoop and after that gradually raise it once he gets accustomed to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Irish Water Spaniel. Have patience with your Irish Water Spaniel and most of all, have fun!
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