To teach your Japanese Chin tricks, even easy ones, you need to provide some of his favorite treats, be in a quiet suitable place and keep the training sessions to under 15 minutes or your Japanese Chin will begin to get tired. Bear in mind when he gets something right give him great deals of praise and a reward treat, though take care not to get him excessively excited or he might lose concentration.
Teach your Japanese Chin to offer you his paw
To teach your Japanese Chin 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 treat. Next do it again, and after a few practices don’t take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and after that take it. You should observe that he is raising his paw up as you state the word. If he doesn’t then go back to saying it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response again. After just a few sessions most Japanese Chins pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Japanese Chin to offer you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an earlier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a treat in between your fingers and lift your hand slightly higher than you would raise it for the paw trick. Your Japanese Chin will believe you want to perform the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we had taught him earlier. While he reaches up you say “high 5” and give your Japanese Chin the treat. As soon as your Japanese Chin has mastered the paw trick this one should be very simple to understand and with only a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than voice control.
Teach your Japanese Chin to leap 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 don’t want your Japanese Chin to hurt himself while performing the trick. Set your Japanese Chin to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to focus on your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and offer the Japanese Chin the direction to stop sitting. At first he might try to walk around or below the hoop. If this takes place start again. Your Japanese Chin desires the treat and will quickly discover that walking around or underneath doesn’t get it done so he will quickly begin going through it. Whenever he does, say “hoop” and give him the treat. He’ll soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and slowly lifted it to waist high. In the event that you have a smaller dog you may wish to begin with the hoop on the ground so he just goes through the hoop and then gradually raise it more as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I know you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Japanese Chin. Have patience with your Japanese Chin and most of all, have fun!
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