I have a border collie (mix?) that I’m trying to teach a lot of tricks -mainly to keep her busy, she is 4.
She knows: sit, stay, come, touch, target, down, sit pretty, play dead, shake, how to balance anything on her nose, and how to “pound it” (she bumps my fist with her nose, it’s quite cute)…and we just recently learned how to jump agility jumps.
Jackson does “dance”. We tell him to dance and he’ll jump up and twirl around a few times. If we just say “up”, he’ll stand up and stretch his paws up to the sky. If we tell him to go find one of the cats or another person, he’ll go tag them with his nose and then come back to us. Of course, that only works on people that he knows fairly well. Oh, he also does “high five”. It’s almost a shake, but he just gives a high five instead of leaving his paw there to shake.
I taught my mutt how to “go get the paper.” I would roll up a small newspaper with a rubber band, hide it, and tell her to go find the paper. It turned into a game of hot and cold- she started to learn my dull tones of “no… no…” meant she was in the wrong part of the room. A more excited “warmer! warmer!” got her tail wagging and made her search more frantically. When she found it she got so excited- she would grab the paper in her mouth and bound back towards me.
She loved the game! She always got a treat when she found the paper and brought it to my lap. Everyone loved watching her too! It was super cute.
I taught my English Setter to “turn around” for a treat. He would start out sitting in front of me. Then he would stand, turn in a circle, and then sit again. It was pretty easy to teach him. I just made him follow the treat in a circle and had him sit down again. It was one of his favorite tricks! If I wasn’t fast enough with a command (when I had a treat in my hand), he would just start spinning in circles. 🙂
He also would put his paws on his face when I asked, “Dax, are you a shy dog?” That one I taught him by blowing on his face when he was laying down. When he would cover his face with his paws I would ask the question and eventually I started giving him treats for it.
Some friends taught their dog to retrieve a water bottle from their fridge. They left a sock tied to the handle so the dog could pull the door open and she would fetch them a water when they asked her. I don’t know if she learned to close the door or not.