To teach your Southern Hound tricks, even simple ones, you need to have in hand some of his favorite treats, teach him in a quiet suitable location and manage to keep the learning sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or your Southern Hound will start to get tired. Just remember when he gets something right offer him lots of appreciation and a reward snack, just be cautious not to get him excessively fired up or he might lose concentration.
Teach your Southern Hound to give you his paw
To get your Southern Hound to offer you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a treat. After that do it again, and after a couple of successful tries don’t take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and then take it. You should notice that he is raising his paw up as you say the word. If he doesn’t then go back to stating it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your reaction again. After just a few sessions most Southern Hounds pick this trick up quite easily.
Teach your Southern Hound to give you a high 5
Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a continuation of a simpler trick, in this case it’s 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 Southern Hound will think you wish to perform the paw trick and will grab the treat with his paw as we had trained him earlier. While he reaches up you say “high five” and offer your Southern Hound the treat. As soon as your Southern Hound has mastered the paw trick this one ought to be very simple to master and with only a few sessions he will be doing it from your hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Southern Hound to jump through a hoop
Before you start 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 want your Southern Hound to harm himself while carrying out the trick. Place your Southern Hound to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to focus on your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and give the Southern Hound the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he may try to walk around or beneath the hoop. In the event that this takes place begin again. Your Southern Hound desires the snack and will quickly discover that going around or below does not get it so he will soon start going through it. The instant he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will soon be leaping through the hoop upon the command of “hoop”. When I started doing this trick I owned a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the ground and slowly brought it to waist high. In the case that you have a smaller sized dog you might desire to begin with the hoop on the floor so he just goes through the hoop and after that slowly lift it once he gets accustomed to the trick.
I trust you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Southern Hound. Have patience with your Southern Hound and most of all, have a good time!
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