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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:49:18 PM
The Great Pyr mix, Penny. She does sit, lay down, up, and shake. She loves belly rubs, so I'm thinking roll over will be confusing and difficult to teach. I want to teach her to fall on her side when you say Bang! and point a finger gun. What are some other cute things to teach a big dog? I want to stay away from anything that involves jumping and running until it's warm enough for me to work outside with her more.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:55:20 PM
We taught our Chihuahua the "Bang" trick and he does "one paw" and "other paw." We also taught him "lay down," "roll over," and "Speak!"


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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:58:16 PM
I used to know a lady who had a dog who would "play dead" when she would say," Would you rather be Polish or dead?"


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Posted: 2/18/2013 9:59:48 PM
I don't think roll over would be confusing. Our dog loves belly rubs but she's great at rolling over. We used a youtube video to learn how to teach her.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:06:50 PM
Try the commando or belly crawl. My DH taught our Yorkie to belly crawl across the floor for treats.



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Omg, she does a belly crawl thing now to scratch her belly on the carpet It would be hilarious and cute to get her to do it on command.

Keep em' coming, she seems to pick stuff up pretty easily and I don't want her to get stuck on the few we have now. Ziggy does every trick he knows all together in a row so he'll get a biscuit. He's totally lost on differentiating them. My Dad taught my sister's dog to shake, and now he tries to give everyone his paw, constantly.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:15:16 PM
Bahahaha!! Both of our Yorkies would run through their repertoire of tricks in order to get a treat. Tell them to sit and they would sit, lay down, bark and roll over in one move!!



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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:18:01 PM
We can ask our puppy "How's it goin'?" and he will give us his paw to shake. It's a pretty standard trick, but a cute way to ask it.


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Posted: 2/18/2013 10:26:46 PM
That definitely must be a yorkie thing, he sits, then launches into roll over too fast to really even recognize lay down, then twirls in a circle (that was supposed to be "dance". IDK how he doesn't get dizzy, he'll do the whole sequence several times until you give him the treat.


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Our sheltie knew the difference between speak and bark. Speak was a growly sort of muffled sound.

Shake was to shake like she was wet... that always made people laugh because it wasn't what they were expecting.

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My dog will tap you on the leg if you ask her "who do you love?"

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Auggie liked learning things that were fun for him. My husband taught him to bring me birthday, anniversary, Valentine's cards. He LOVED it and was so proud of himself the first time he did it that it stuck. We kept it up with having him take stuff the the other (with encouragement from both at times LOL). It always came in handy doing laundry! If we missed a sock while cleaning he'd run it downstairs to the other person. We gave him a treat each time he was successful (i speak in passed tense because he blew both his ACL's a few months ago and is turning 12 this year so he's not able to use the stairs anymore.)


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used to know a lady who had a dog who would "play dead" when she would say," Would you rather be Polish or dead?"


She was a Polish lady.


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I taught my mum's weimaraner to go fetch a tissue from the tissue box if you dramatically said "achoo I need a tissue" it only took two short sessions just saying it and then getting a tissue from the box and putting it in his mouth and then giving him a treat. He soon realised if he got me a tissue on command he'd get a treat.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 5:22:55 AM
When our last dog was a pup it was very easy to teach him to roll over. He was very treat incentive which helped! Once he had mastered roll over, we taught him to play dead. As he rolled over onto his back, we would state "stop, play dead". He had that mastered just after a few tries. I had also taught him to raise his paws after coming in from the rain/snow so that I could dry him off with a towel. He also knew how to sit, lay down, shake, etc. I could never teach him "speak".

He also loved retrieving the mail. We would walk to the mailbox, he would sit and wait for me to give him a piece of mail (junk mail). He would bring in into the house, take it to the person inside and wait for his treat.

Our new pup is 13 weeks old. He knows to sit, lay down and shake. Recently a friend's daughter taught him to high five.

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My daughter and son-in-law taught their basset hound to let them place a treat (or a few) on the top of his snout and leave it until they told him, "Good Boy". At that point he would flip the treats in the air and catch them in his mouth. Of course, not all dogs have big enough snouts to do that.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 7:40:10 AM
Our black lab can do a high-five. My dh also taught her to whisper. Her actions/mouth indicate a bark, but almost no sound comes out.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 8:26:54 AM
My female loves belly rubs too ... and can do a cute roll over It might actually be easier to teach because of the belly rubs - as she's in the position, encourage her to continue to roll by following a treat.

One of my males can high five, bark and sneeze on commmand. He can also "go nite nite" where he lays on his side (he also can roll over). My other male can "twirl" where he stands on his hind legs and can turn in a circle.

Scentwork is fun too - that might be something to work on until the weather gets warm. Amazon.com: Fun Nosework for Dogs One of my dogs is very good at scent discrimination - he loves it!

Here's another book on dog tricks: Amazon.com - 101 Dog Tricks

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Our 75lb Labradoodle will sit up on his back legs and wave his front ones up and down when we say "Ghosts!" When we say "hallelujah" he stands up on his back legs with his front ones high in the air.
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I taught my dog to use the Staples Easy button. I set it out and he has to wait until I say, "Easy". He will push the button with his nose and he gets a treat.

I taught him how to dance on his hind legs and to do circles on his hind legs. He looks like a ballerina.

Indoors I taught him how to jump through a hula hoop.

I taught him how to put his toys away in his basket. Granted he takes them all out and doesn't want to put them away again. Instead of a trick he thinks it is a game. lol crazy dog.

Since he liked to lick my face, I taught him how to kiss me on the nose only. Now he doesn't lick me all over.

I did teach him to do a backflip, but we have hardwood floors, so he can only do that outside now. Otherwise he plays slip and slide.

I taught him how to bring his empty water bowl to the dishwasher when I need to load it up. I bring out a fresh bowl and he will bring me the empty, dirty water bowl.

He was also taught to chase his tail on command.

I bathe him in the kitchen sink. I taught him to wait to shake until I had put him on the other side of the sink and wait until I had a towel up. I wanted him to wait until I could shield me and everything else from the water. He has short hair, so there isn't too much water. It is great that he won't shake the water off everywhere.

I taught him to wipe his paws on the mat when coming from outside.

My dog is a Shih-tzu Bischon mix. This mix is called the Teddy Bear dog and are extremely easy to train and enjoy learning new things. He knows all the traditional tricks (sit, stay, roll over, Bang, paw, high five, put a treat on nose and catch etc.) these above are just the indoor trick I have taught him.

ETA: my dog gets bored if he isn't performing or learning something new. I am not some master at training, just experience and an easy dog that loves to learn.


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I taught my childhood dog to fetch the newspaper from the driveway. He was so smart! After a few days of that, I let him out and he collected all the newspapers off the street. I had to unteach it.

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Haha! There's some funny ones here! We would say "ho hum" after our dog yawned and after a while, he associated the 2 things so he would yawn after we said it!


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We taught our beagle to dance. We'll hold a treat above her head, she'll stand up on her back legs, and turn in a circle while waving her front paws.





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She wasn't a dog, but we taught our cat to roll on her back and rub her paws behind her ears when you said, "who's cute Mabel, who's cute?". Maybe you could do a dog version of that.







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Our friends taught their dog to count up to 4. They would hold up their fingers and he could bark how many where up. They held the numbers up randomly and he got it right every time.

The same dog knew his right and left.


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Ziggy does every trick he knows all together in a row so he'll get a biscuit.


This is one of our dogs. He has gotten no formal training but is so food motivated that he has taught himself things just by watching the others get treats for it. He will sit, down, sit, paw, down, sit again and then woo woo

Our trainers dog can pick up coins off the floor and put them in her hand and he will pick up his leash and hand it to her. He will also carry his own bag, like a lunch bag in his mouth to and from the car I'm sure he can do more, but those are the most recent tricks I've seen from him. He is working on his utility title.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 12:11:08 PM
Daisy can:

sit
stay
stay while I leave the room
Come sit (she comes running then puts on the breaks and sits)
lay down
Army crawl
Roll Over
High 5 - way down low
Shake right, shake left
Ballet Dance
Salsa Dance

She likes to lay down, army crawl, & roll over in swoop, too

I'm working on getting her to roll on her back to play dead but she lays there flailing. Not sure how to get around that. Think I'll try the laying on her side to play dead.

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My son's dog says "I love you" and knows he means business if he starts counting to 3.

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This is the best thread I've ever started! Some of you guys are so creative. Penny will be qualified to join the circus if I can teach her all this stuff.

I have another question, if you have multiple dogs, do you have a hard time keeping the others from interfering when you're working with one? It's really only an issue when we're outside and my sister's dog is hanging around. Although Ziggy does get jealous and I have to give him treats, too, when he sees Penny get them.


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Our dog will play the shell game. We put a treat under one of three identical cups and then tell him to pay attention as we shuffle the cups around. If he knocks over the cup (with his nose) with the treat under it, he gets the treat. Of course, he is really just sniffing out the treat, but it looks good.

He will pee on command when we tell him, "Go to your spot." This comes in handy if we are leaving the house for a while. Yes, he also has one spot that he goes in. In a way, this is nice, but it is also a bad a thing because he is a big dog and the smell becomes concentrated. My husband actually digs out that dirt and replaces it from time to time.

He will back away when we say, "You have stinky breath."

He will go get his leash when we tell him to. He will also pick up the leash with his mouth if we tell him to "Walk yourself." This is actually pretty complex because he has to "gather" the leash so he doesn't trip on it.

We also dance and freeze. Everyone dances and the dog kind of jumps around, but then when we all freeze, the dog freezes, too. I don't know what to call this!

He has taught us a couple of tricks, too. When he is out of water, he'll rattle his dish for us to fill. When he wants to go outside, he'll find a person and have that person follow him Lassie-style to the back door.

And he has his oddities. He spend almost all of his time inside, going out only to pee and play, so he has taken to "burying" his treasures in the heater grates. He'll remove the grate, put his item in, and then replace the grate. During thunder storms and fireworks, he hides in closets. We tried to dissuade this because he gets fur on everything, but he'll slide the closet door open with his nose. He'll also "knock" by jiggling a door with his nose if he wants in a room, and his knocks are persuasively loud.

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I have another question, if you have multiple dogs, do you have a hard time keeping the others from interfering when you're working with one? It's really only an issue when we're outside and my sister's dog is hanging around. Although Ziggy does get jealous and I have to give him treats, too, when he sees Penny get them.


We do put two dogs out when we are doing serious or new training. But when I'm just doing sits and downs in the kitchen I have all three of them bopping up and down and first one to do it gets first treat

We have just added the other dogs as distractions when we are working on the puppy's long sit and long down. They are a much harder distraction than bouncing a ball or tossing a toy and expecting her to stay!


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Posted: 2/19/2013 7:25:52 PM
You know what? These tricks are really nice, but I always taught our own dogs life skills.

I'm serious.

Our neighbors couldn't believe it when we went over the routine before vacations. Our dogs could

1.) Hurry up! Go down back! @ potty time.

2.) wipe your feet! clean your feet! (when they came in from outside)

3.) Go lay down now, we're leaving (When we left the house for work or whatever)

4.) Go on now, lay down, we're eating. (@ dinner time)

5.) Settle down now, it's time for bed.

that type of thing.

I miss those days.

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Posted: 2/19/2013 10:52:43 PM
Two of our three dogs will sneeze for treats. And if we tell all three "go to the kitchen" they all go to the dog bed in the kitchen and sit. They stay in the kitchen (with a baby gate at the door) when we leave for the day.


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Posted: 2/19/2013 11:33:16 PM
Trying to teach our dalmation/lab mix to "NOT SHED"...


ain't workin' too good...

he DOES poop in 3 distinct piles in the yard though...DH likes this as its much easier to clean up instead of traipsing thru the whole yard...kind of quirky that he does this, DD calls him artistic - its his sculpture!

don't really teach our pooch any tricks...his job is to love us & be loved BY us...he's doing a fine job!
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Posted: 2/20/2013 1:07:05 AM

You know what? These tricks are really nice, but I always taught our own dogs life skills.


We work on this kind of stuff, too. The yorkie will lay on his back patiently while we wipe mud, snow, etc from his feet. Penny is getting better at standing still, she no longer fights it.

Neither of the dogs bother anyone at meal time. Penny will lay down. Ziggy might look at you longingly, but never make a peep. The cat is another story, he's psycho if we're having chicken.

Both dogs will come and get us to let us know they need to go out. Ziggy scratches his ceramic dishes when they are empty. Penny will pick up her water bucket and bring it to you.

Ziggy will fetch members of the family. If he wants to go out and I'm busy, I can say "Go tell daddy" and he'll go bark at DH. Often, if DH wants me to come to bed, he'll send the dog to persuade me to join them.

Penny is extremely obedient. You can just tell her not to go in a certain room, and she completely understands and will turn right around. She also will not do her "business" in the yard, she goes on the slope between the house and the road or the hillside behind the house. I think that's just instinct, though, since she has room to go outside of the usable areas of yard.

Most of this stuff I don't consider so much as specific training, just making sure the dogs know who's boss and they they have to have manners. Reenforcing good behavior, discouraging bad behavior, and making sure you establish that the people are dominant in the household. I think the dominance thing is the root of most pet behavior issues.


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Posted: 2/20/2013 3:34:46 AM
The "go potty" on command we taught early too. But not in the same spot. We walked him as a pup and when I said that I meant business and no time to sniff around!



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Posted: 2/20/2013 5:24:53 AM
Wow, aren't we so lucky to have these fur babies brightening our days?

I had a client who had an "office dog" (an angel/sage/human dressed as a dog) and she liked to go for a ride, so she'd come with me to the bank, off leash (my client was a big customer there). After making the deposit, I'd pass the Angel Dog the deposit slip & say "File this," & she'd take it into her mouth & trot over to a file cabinet.

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