I have a 3y/o collie/lab mix. He’s an awesome dog 🙂 He is absolutely brilliant, well behaved, and so friendly & loving. He gets tricks completely down in 2-3 days so I have had trouble coming up with new things too teach him too. But between books and youtube videos I’ve found a lot of ideas. I’m also trying to find an agility trainer around here, and am considering building a little course in the backyard.
Here’s what he has learned (that I can remember right now):
Basics: sit, down, wait, stay, come, drop it, give it
Tricks: shake, high five, high 10, beg, speak, go to bed, back up, crawl, jump through a hulu hoop, go get *insert well known person/animal’s name*, jump up, stand/get up, leg weave, roll over, go get your toy
We play a game where we hide a treat somewhere in the house. Start with it at eye level, in plain view, and restrict him to one room. Then say “where is it?” and lead him around until he smells it and gets it. Then you can play with multiple rooms, hiding it better so he has to use his nose more, and multiple levels (on the floor, up on top of something). If he can’t reach it, he is supposed to sit when he’s sure he’s found it. This is a great way to use up energy on a rainy day.
Another thing we do that people are really impressed by is food aversion. Basically he is to not eat/touch any food until we say it’s OK. This is useful if you need him to be calm (focus on the treat!) or if you’re afraid of him snapping up something that is dropped on the floor (something toxic, pills, etc). My dog is so good at it, you can put meat on the floor 2 inches in front of him and leave the room. Just make sure you don’t torture the poor pup 🙂
Hope that gives you some good ideas!!