If you have a dog, chances are they already know how to follow basic commands like stay, sit, come, and down. While it is essential that you teach your pet basic dog training commands, you shouldn’t stop there. You should consider teaching your pet a few dog tricks. Not only are many dog tricks cool, but they will provide your dog with mental stimulation. Here are five simple yet cool tricks that you can teach your dog.
1. SHAKE PAWS
In just a few brief training sessions, you can teach your pup to greet you and your friends by shaking hands. For most dogs, shaking paws is a one of the easier tricks to learn.
2. BACK UP
Not only is backing up a cool dog trick, but it can also be helpful depending on the situation. You can use this dog trick to entertain friends and family, keep your dog from running out the door, or prevent your dog from crowding you while you’re eating a delicious meal.
3. TAKE A BOW
Taking a bow is another cool dog trick that you should consider teaching your pet. This trick involves having your dog keep their rear in the air while positioning their chest on the ground. According to trainers, dogs frequently bow to ask other dogs to play. You can take advantage of this natural tendency to teach your dog to bow on command.
Another simple trick that you can teach your dog is waving hello and goodbye. This trick will be easier to teach your dog if you’ve already taught them how to shake paws. This is because your dog will use the same action to wave as they do to shake hands.
Believe it or not, teaching a dog to speak isn’t very difficult. Not only is training a dog to speak a pretty nifty trick, but it can also resolve behavior problems like excessive barking. Speak and quiet commands will help you control when barking should stop as well as when it should start. Family members and friends will also be impressed by your pet’s conversational skills.
A dog park is the best place to teach your dog these five simple tricks. Fortunately, The Montrose is very pet-friendly and even has a dog park on-site. For more information about our Chicago apartments, don’t hesitate to contact us.