(Closed) I need a great trick to teach my dog!

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
8738 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

How about teaching her to retrieve items by name (i.e. slippers, newspaper, hat, etc)


You can lay them out across the floor and tell her by name which items to get and bring to you.

Post # 4
1949 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m trying to teach my cocker spaniel to “fist bump” with her nose….it’s not working very well, but she’s “special” in a “love me because I’m cute, but I don’t want to understand what you’re teaching me” kind of way 🙂

Post # 5
2651 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I taught my puppies to give me high fives.  now if they want a treat, the sit next to me and raise their paws… its cute.

Post # 6
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I agree on the high five. You can also do the “play dead” where you pretend shoot her with a gun and she rolls over. People love that!

Post # 7
627 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I taught my dog how to bow – what about that? When you go to the different homes you can have her bow when she meets people.

I like the high five too. I totally want to teach my dog to do that.

Post # 8
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We have taught our 18 month old shar peis to shake, high five and knuckles!  It’s all basically the same but you just hold your hand different when you say the command.  The most recent was knuckles and we still giggle when they reach out and tap our fist with their paw!  Aww- I miss them today!

Post # 9
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Agree with the playing dead, that is so cute! I taught my dog how to do that when I was a kid. I would say “bang bang” and he’d lay down and roll over with 4 paws up. 

Post # 10
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

We taught our golden to put a cookie on her nose… took forever but now we can walk into the other room and snap our fingers and she tosses it up in the air and catches it.

Our black lab  can’t do it 🙁 she’s blind in one eye so she can’t see it when she tosses it up, she can do part of it tho!

Post # 11
2027 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

For a twist on the playing dead trick: I’m not sure where you’re located or if there are any stiff sports rivalries where you are, but I live in Gator country (ie; close to UF). I know a few people who have trained their dogs to play dead on the command “Would you rather be a dead dog or a Seminole?”  The dogs rolls over and plays dead and it always cracks someone up. 


Post # 12
1240 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I agree with the bow, so when you introduce them to the other people, your puppy can bow. 

Gizmo can wave, he sits up on his butt and waves at you. That’s a pretty fun one for when leaving the room.

Post # 13
7695 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

We taught our dog turn around so when we say turn around he chases his tail in circles then stops and gazes at us lovingly waiting for a treat.

My SIL in law taught her dog to jump through her arms made into a hoop. So she holds her arms out and calls her name and she jumps through her arms!

Post # 14
3520 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Charlie likes to jump–sometimes I’ll hold a treat up high and he’ll jump and jump for it… he’s added a little flourish where he kicks out his back legs like a dolphin–it’s supercute.

Post # 15
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve seen dogs who have been trained to “say their prayers”. They go up to a bed/chair etc, put their feet on it, and bow their heads. SO cute!

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