To teach your Tornjak tricks, even the simple ones, you should always have some of his favorite treats, teach him in a remote suitable location and keep the training sessions to under fifteen minutes or your Tornjak will begin to get bored. Bear in mind when he gets something right give him great deals of appreciation and a reward snack, however take care not to get him overly excited or he may well lose focus.
Teach your Tornjak to give you his paw
To train your Tornjak to give you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you say the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a treat. Now do this again, and after a couple of practices do not take his paw so fast. State the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You need to see that he is bringing 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 response again. After a couple of sessions most Tornjaks pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Tornjak to offer you a high five
Like a lot of tricks the high five is a progression of an earlier trick, in this case the paw trick. Place a snack in between your two fingers and lift your hand a bit higher than you’d do for the paw trick. Your Tornjak will assume you desire to perform the paw trick and will grab for the treat with his paw as we taught him earlier. As he rises you say “high 5” and give him the snack. Once your Tornjak has mastered the paw trick this one ought to be very simple to learn and with just a couple of sessions he will be performing it from your hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Tornjak to jump through a hoop
Before you start this 1 I would simply like to ask you to be a little reasonable and not suspend the hoop too high up as you don’t really want your Tornjak to hurt himself while practicing the trick. Place your Tornjak to one side of a hula hoop, get him to pay attention to your hand on the other side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and offer the Tornjak the command to stop sitting. In the beginning he might attempt to go around or underneath the hula hoop. In the event that this happens start once again. Your Tornjak wants the treat and will quickly find out that walking around or underneath does not get it so he will soon start going through it. As soon as he does, state “hoop” and offer him the treat. He’ll quickly be jumping 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 floor and slowly raised it to waist height. In the case that you have a smaller dog you may wish to start with the hoop on the floor so he simply goes through the hoop and then slowly elevate it once he gets used to the trick.
I hope you have enjoyed learning these 3 tricks you can teach your Tornjak. Have patience with your Tornjak and most of all, have a good time!
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