To teach your Plott Hound tricks, even the easy ones, you should have some small treats, be in a quiet suitable place and keep the coaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Plott Hound will start to get tired. Bear in mind when he gets something correct offer him lots of appreciation and a reward treat, just beware not to get him over thrilled or he will lose focus.
Teach your Plott Hound to give you his paw
To get your Plott Hound 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. After that do it again, and after a few successful tries do not take his paw so quickly. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and after that take it. You must discover that he is bringing his paw up as you say the word. If he does not then return to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a couple of more times then slow your response once again. After 2 or 3 sessions most Plott Hounds pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Plott Hound to give you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of an easier trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a snack in between your fingers and raise your hand a little higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Plott Hound will believe you want to do the paw trick and will grab for the treat with his paw as we had trained him in the previous trick. Once he reaches up you state “high five” and give your Plott Hound the treat. When your Plott Hound has mastered the paw trick this one will likely be very simple to master and with just a couple of sessions he will be accomplishing it from your hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Plott Hound to leap through a hoop
Before you begin this one I would just like to ask you to be a little practical and not suspend the hoop too high as you do not want your Plott Hound to harm himself while practicing the trick. Place your Plott Hound 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 offer the Plott Hound the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may attempt to go around or below the hoop. If this happens begin again. Your Plott Hound wants the treat and will soon find out that walking around or under doesn’t get it done so he’ll soon start going through it. The instant he does, state “hoop” and give him the snack. He’ll soon be leaping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I initially began teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and gradually raised it to waist height. In the event that you have a smaller dog you might desire to start with the hoop touching the ground so he just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Plott Hound. Have patience with your Plott Hound and most importantly, have a good time!
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