Want to Teach Your Tervuren Some Tricks: Here’s Three

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in Animal Care, Dogs, Pets, Tervuren | 0 comments

3 Tricks To Teach Your Tervuren
3 Tricks To Teach Your Tervuren

To teach your Tervuren tricks, even the easy ones, you need to have in hand some small snacks, go to a quiet suitable location and try to keep the coaching sessions to 10 – 15 minutes or the Tervuren will begin to get tired. Just remember when he gets something right offer him lots of praise and a reward snack, however be careful not to get him excessively thrilled or he will lose concentration.

Teach your Tervuren to give you his paw

To train your Tervuren to offer you his paw, initially get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and give him a treat. And then do this again, and after a few times do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to 1 and only then take it. You must notice that he is raising his paw up as you say the word. If he does not then go back to stating it at the same time. Do it a couple more times then slow your response again. After a couple of sessions most Tervurens pick this trick up quite easily.

Teach your Tervuren to offer you a high 5

Like a lot of tricks the high 5 is a progression of a simpler trick, and in this case the paw trick. Hold a treat in your two fingers and raise your hand a little bit higher than you would for the paw trick. Your Tervuren will believe you wish to perform the paw trick and will reach for the snack with his paw as we taught him previously. As he reaches up you say “high five” and give him the snack. Once your Tervuren has actually mastered the paw trick this one will most likely be really simple to understand and with only a few sessions he will be doing it on hand signal instead of voice control.

Teach your Tervuren to jump through a hoop

Before you start this one I would simply like to ask you to be a little practical and not hold the hoop higher than necessary as you do not want your Tervuren to harm himself while carrying out the trick. Set your Tervuren to 1 side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Place a treat in your hand and give the Tervuren the command to stop sitting. Initially he might try to walk around or under the hula hoop. If this takes place begin once again. Your Tervuren wants the snack and will quickly discover that walking around or beneath doesn’t work so he’ll quickly begin going through it. The minute he does, say “hoop” and offer him the treat. He will quickly be leaping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I started teaching this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I started with the hoop 6 inches from the ground and slowly brought it to waist high. In case you have a smaller dog you might desire to start with the hoop touching the floor so he just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it as he gets accustomed to the trick.

I trust you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Tervuren. Have patience with your Tervuren and above all, have fun!

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