To teach your Rafeiro Do Alentejo tricks, even easy ones, you should have some of his favorite snacks, go to a quiet suitable location and maintain the teaching sessions to ten to fifteen minutes or your Rafeiro Do Alentejo will begin to get bored. Bear in mind when he gets something right give him great deals of praise and a reward snack, just take care not to get him excessively thrilled or he will lose concentration.
Teach your Rafeiro Do Alentejo to give you his paw
To teach your Rafeiro Do Alentejo to give you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a snack. Now do it again, and after a few successful tries don’t take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and only then take it. You must notice that he is bringing his paw upward as you say the word. If he does not then go back to stating it at the very same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response again. After 2 or 3 sessions most Rafeiro Do Alentejos pick this trick up quite quickly.
Teach your Rafeiro Do Alentejo to offer you a high five
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Hold a snack in your fingers and lift your hand somewhat higher than you would raise it for the paw trick. Your Rafeiro Do Alentejo will expect you want to do the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we trained him previously. Once he rises you say “high 5” and give him the snack. As soon as your Rafeiro Do Alentejo has mastered the paw trick this 1 should be really simple to learn and with only a few sessions he will be accomplishing it from your hand signal instead of your voice.
Teach your Rafeiro Do Alentejo to jump through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 I would just like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not hold the hoop higher than necessary as you don’t really want your Rafeiro Do Alentejo to hurt himself while carrying out the trick. Set your Rafeiro Do Alentejo on 1 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 offer the Rafeiro Do Alentejo the command to stop sitting. At first he might try to go around or under the hoop. When this happens start again. Your Rafeiro Do Alentejo desires the treat and will quickly learn that walking around or beneath does not work so he will quickly start going through it. As soon as he does, state “hoop” and give him the snack. He will quickly be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first started teaching this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the floor and gradually brought it to waist high. In the case that you possess a smaller dog you might wish to begin with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and after that slowly raise it as he gets accustomed to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Rafeiro Do Alentejo. Have patience with your Rafeiro Do Alentejo and most importantly, have a good time!
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