To teach your Norwegian Elkhound tricks, even the simple ones, you need to get hold of some small treats, take him to a quiet suitable place and keep the teaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Norwegian Elkhound will begin to get tired. Just remember when he gets something correct give him great deals of appreciation and a reward treat, but beware not to get him excessively ecstatic or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Norwegian Elkhound to give you his paw
To get your Norwegian Elkhound 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. And then do this again, and after a couple of tries don’t take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and only then take it. You need to discover that he is raising his paw up as you state the word. If he doesn’t then return to saying it at the very same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your reaction once again. After 2 or 3 sessions most Norwegian Elkhounds pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Norwegian Elkhound to offer you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a progression of an earlier trick, in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a treat in between your fingers and raise your hand somewhat higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Norwegian Elkhound will expect you want to perform the paw trick and will grab for the snack with his paw as we trained him in the previous trick. While he rises you say “high five” and give your Norwegian Elkhound the treat. As soon as your Norwegian Elkhound has mastered the paw trick this one should be really easy to learn and with only a couple of sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than voice control.
Teach your Norwegian Elkhound to leap through a hoop
Before you start 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 Norwegian Elkhound to harm himself while performing the trick. Place your Norwegian Elkhound on one side of a hula hoop, get him to take note of your hand on the other side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and give the Norwegian Elkhound the command to stop sitting. In the beginning he might try to go around or beneath the hoop. In the event that this occurs begin again. Your Norwegian Elkhound desires the treat and will quickly learn that going around or underneath does not get it done so he will soon start going through it. When he does, state “hoop” and give him the snack. He’ll soon 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 started with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and gradually brought it to waist height. If you own a smaller sized dog you may wish to start with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and after that gradually lift it more as he gets used to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Norwegian Elkhound. Have patience with your Norwegian Elkhound and above all, have a good time!
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