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Smart Teacher, Smart Dog: You Can Teach Your Dog New Tricks!

Before a dog can be taught to perform tricks, the trainer must first learn how to be a good dog teacher. In other words, dog owners must know the principles involved with training an animal to learn a new trick. Without a proper understanding of dog training fundamentals your pooch will become as frustrated, and you will too. Here are five tips on how to teach a dog tricks:

Learn How to Teach a Dog Tricks with Authority
Before your pooch will listen to you, he must respect you. You have to become the Alpha-male (or female). In your head, know you are the boss. Then, let your puppy know you are the boss. There is NEVER a need to spank a dog to do this. Simply follow two steps. First, always be above your dog when you teach a new trick. Second, have an authoritative voice, and teach your dog to obey that specific tone.

Learn How to Teach a Dog Tricks with Simplicity
No matter how smart you think your dog is, he’s still a dog. You’re smarter, hopefully. As intelligent as Lew is, he cannot understand full sentences. He knows words like “walk,” “paw” and “roll.” Keep the trick’s names short. Don’t say “Go fetch the ball. Over there, c’mon. Go get it.” The trick is “fetch,” and that is all you should tell your dog.

Puppy TricksLearn How to Teach a Dog Tricks with Consistency
Without consistency, your dog will not know what to do. There are three aspects to consistency. Always call the trick the same name. Always do the same thing for the trick. For instance, if “shake” is for your dog’s left paw, always shake his left paw. Shaking the right paw should be called something different. Finally, always provide a reward immediately after completing a trick. Treats are the best reward.

Learn How to Teach a Dog Tricks with Patience
Your dog will not learn a new trick on the first try. It will take repetition. The key to teaching a dog trick is to be authoritative, simple, consistent, and patient. As long as you remember the above three tips, new tricks will come, eventually. Be patient as you learn how to teach your dog tricks.

Have Fun Learning How to Teach a Dog Tricks
Finally, don’t forget the main reason for tricks. They’re supposed to be fun! Any time training your dog becomes burdensome on either of you, take a break. Try again some other time, when both of you are in the mood for tricks and treats. It also helps to always end your trick-training sessions on a positive note.

With these principles, you can teach a dog almost any trick. The most important part about training though, is knowing the correct way to teach the animal the trick. Once you understand how, have fun with all sorts of tricks!

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