To teach your Keeshond tricks, even simple ones, you should get some of his favorite snacks, be in an obscure suitable location and keep the teaching sessions to under fifteen minutes or your Keeshond will begin to get tired. Remember when he gets something right give him lots of appreciation and a reward snack, just beware not to get him excessively fired up or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Keeshond to offer you his paw
To teach your Keeshond to offer you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a snack. After that do this again, and after a couple of successful tries don’t take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You should notice 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 couple of more times then slow your response once again. After just a few sessions most Keeshonds pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Keeshond to give you a high five
Like a great deal of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of a simpler trick, in this case the paw trick. Place a snack in your fingers and lift your hand a little higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Keeshond will think you wish to do the paw trick and will grab for the snack with his paw as we trained him earlier. As he rises you state “high 5” and give him the treat. When your Keeshond has actually mastered the paw trick this one will most likely be extremely easy to understand and with just a few sessions he will be performing it on hand signal instead of your voice.
Teach your Keeshond to jump through a hoop
Before you start this one I would just like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not hold the hoop too high up as you do not really want your Keeshond to hurt himself while doing the trick. Set your Keeshond to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a snack in your hand and give the Keeshond the command to stop sitting. Initially he might attempt to walk around or underneath the hoop. When this occurs start again. Your Keeshond desires the snack and will soon discover that walking around or beneath doesn’t get it done so he’ll soon begin going through it. The second he does, say “hoop” and offer him the snack. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I started doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and gradually increased it to waist height. If you have a smaller sized dog you may desire to start with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and after that slowly raise it as he gets used to the trick.
I know you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Keeshond. Have patience with your Keeshond and most of all, have a good time!
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