To teach your Tosa tricks, even the easy ones, you should have some delicious treats, be in a quiet suitable place and try to keep the training sessions to under fifteen minutes or the Tosa will start to get tired. Bear in mind when he gets something correct give him lots of appreciation and a reward treat, just beware not to get him excessively fired up or he might lose focus.
Teach your Tosa to offer you his paw
To teach your Tosa to offer you his paw, first get him to sit, then as you state the word ‘paw’ take his paw in your hand and offer him a treat. Now do it again, and after a few practices do not take his paw so fast. Say the word ‘paw’, count to one and only then take it. You should notice that he is bringing his paw upward as you state the word. If he doesn’t then return to saying it at the exact same time. Do it a few more times then slow your response once again. After just a few sessions most Tosas pick this trick up rather quickly.
Teach your Tosa to give you a high 5
Like a great deal of tricks the high five is a progression of a simpler trick, and in this case it’s the paw trick. Place a treat in your two fingers and raise your hand slightly higher than you’d raise it for the paw trick. Your Tosa will assume you want to perform the paw trick and will grab the snack with his paw as we had trained him in the prior trick. Once he rises you say “high 5” and offer him the treat. Once your Tosa has mastered the paw trick this one will most likely be very simple to master and with just a few sessions he will be performing it on hand signal instead of from your voice.
Teach your Tosa to jump through a hoop
Before you begin this 1 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 Tosa to hurt himself while doing the trick. Place your Tosa to one side of a hula hoop, get him to take notice of your hand on the opposite side of the hoop. Hold a snack in your hand and give the Tosa the direction to stop sitting. In the beginning he might try to go around or beneath the hula hoop. When this occurs begin once again. Your Tosa desires the snack and will soon find out that going around or below doesn’t get it done so he’ll quickly start going through it. The moment he does, state “hoop” and give him the treat. He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of “hoop”. When I first began doing this trick I had a medium sized dog, so I began with the hoop six inches from the ground and gradually raised it to waist high. If you own a smaller sized dog you may desire to start with the hoop on the ground so he just goes through the hoop and after that slowly lift it more as he gets used to the trick.
I expect you have enjoyed these 3 tricks you can teach your Tosa. Have patience with your Tosa and above all, have fun!
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