To teach your Maremma Sheepdog tricks, even simple ones, you should get some yummy treats, take him to a secluded suitable place and always keep the teaching sessions to under 15 minutes or your Maremma Sheepdog will begin to get bored. Just remember when he gets something right offer him lots of praise and a reward snack, however take care not to get him too fired up or he may likely lose concentration.
Teach your Maremma Sheepdog to give you his paw
To get your Maremma Sheepdog to give 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 practices don’t take his paw so quickly. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and then take it. You must observe that he is raising his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then return to saying it at the same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction once again. After just a few sessions most Maremma Sheepdogs pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your Maremma Sheepdog to offer you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a continuation of an easier trick, in this case the paw trick. Hold a snack in between your two fingers and raise your hand a little higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Maremma Sheepdog will expect you wish to do the paw trick and will reach for the treat with his paw as we taught him previously. Once he reaches up you state “high 5” and offer your Maremma Sheepdog the snack. When your Maremma Sheepdog has mastered the paw trick this 1 ought to be very easy to understand and with just a couple of sessions he will be performing it from your hand signal rather than from your voice.
Teach your Maremma Sheepdog to leap through a hoop
Before you start this one I would just like to ask you to be a little sensible and not hold the hoop too high as you do not really want your Maremma Sheepdog to harm himself while performing the trick. Set your Maremma Sheepdog to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and give the Maremma Sheepdog the direction to stop sitting. At first he might attempt to walk around or beneath the hula hoop. When this happens start once again. Your Maremma Sheepdog wants the treat and will soon learn that walking around or beneath does not work so he’ll soon start going through it. Once he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first began teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop 6 inches from the floor and gradually increased it to waist height. If you own a smaller dog you may desire to begin with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then gradually raise it as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Maremma Sheepdog. Have patience with your Maremma Sheepdog and most importantly, have fun!
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