Dog Tricks For Dummies. Portable Edition

by Sarah Hodgson

Making Everything Easier!

Learn to :
.Teach your dog a range of cool tricks
.Train your dog using positive reinforcement
.Bond woth your dog while having fun
.Entertain family and friends

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Dog Tricks For Dummies. Portable Edition


About the Author
Sarah Hodgson is the author of nine books on dog training,
including Puppies For Dummies, Dog Tricks For Dummies,
DogPerfect, and Miss Sarah’s Guide to Etiquette for Dogs and
Their People. In addition, she has coauthored Understanding
Your Dog For Dummies with world-renowned dog behaviorist
Stanley Coren. Her books have been translated into nine languages.

In 1988, Sarah opened her professional practice in Bedford,
New York, where she continues to help families demystify dog
behavior. Through positive reinforcement, family conditioning,
and her signature “loving touch,” Sarah achieves profound
results for people and their dogs.

With theories that link good behavior to having a solid foundation
of fun in any relationship, Sarah believes that training
must be simple and enjoyable for dogs and people. Blending
traditional, time-tested techniques with bond-enhancing tricks
and interactive activities, such as agility, flyball, and joring,
Sarah shows people how to take charge of their dog in a
humane, upbeat, and positive way. Sarah says, “Life is short —have fun!”

A graduate of SUNY at Purchase with a Bachelor of Science
degree in biology with an emphasis on human psychology and
animal behavior, Sarah is also the inventor of the Teaching
Lead. Its ingenious, patented design allows its use as a regular
leash, a hands-free lead, or an indoor and outdoor training aid.
Sarah lives in Katonah, New York, with her husband, their two
children, and their pets.


Introduction
I’m a dog maniac who, for years, has been trying to take
the edge off serious training and inject the process with a
little fun. One of the reasons we share our lives with dogs is
to enjoy their company, while they help us loosen our grip on
this no-nonsense, career-driven world.

Don’t get me wrong! I’m not negating the whole training process.
After all, I am a dog trainer, and basic lessons are essential to
let your dog know who’s in charge. But after you’ve made that
point, you can lighten up. Though obedience lessons teach
your dog how to act in everyday situations, they’re pretty
streamlined and relatively predictable. A sit is a sit is a sit . . .
not much variety!

Learning tricks, however, invites and encourages liveliness,
excitement, and creativity. Sharing your life with a dog shouldn’t
be a militaristic venture, designed around what you want your
dog to do; owning a dog is about joining two different species,
two different spirits, in a way that makes the world better for
both. So let the fun begin!

About This Book
Tricks are open to dogs of all sizes, shapes, and ages. Of course,
not every trick will be for you and your dog. You’d have to be a
magician to transform a pack of Pekingese into a dogsled team.
But I’ve included a whole array of tricks for the everyday dog
and owner, as well as more complex maneuvers that will delight
an audience. Every dog can learn to do something.

Discover what gets your dog’s tail wagging. Dogs love food,
toys, and praise — with varying levels of enthusiasm. You’ll
find out what works best for your dog within the pages of this
book and use that knowledge to build a stronger relationship
with your dog.

As with other For Dummies books, you can surf the table of
contents and create your own starting point, or you can read
this book cover to cover. I’ve organized the tricks in each
chapter (and the book) in order of complexity: simple stuff
first and then fancy tricks with movie-star potential.
There is no one right method for teaching dogs, but if you
steer the course to positive reinforcement — treating your
dog with respect and leading him with enthusiasm and
compassion — you’ll have a wonderful time learning together.

Conventions Used in This Book
I use several standard conventions throughout this book:
✓ New terms are italicized, followed by definitions in layman’s
terms. Italics may also be used occasionally for emphasis.
✓ Key words in bulleted lists are bold, indicating the most
important info. I also use bold to highlight the action part of numbered steps.
✓ Web site addresses are in monofont. Some addresses
may have needed to break across two lines of text. In
those instances, no extra characters (such as hyphens)
were put in to indicate the break. So, when using one of
these Web addresses, just type in exactly what you see in
this book, pretending the line break doesn’t exist.
✓ Commands that you’ll use with your dog are placed in
quotation marks, with the first word of each command
capitalized. When two commands are given in succession,
you’ll see them separated by an en dash, for example, “Sit–Stay.”

Foolish Assumptions
As I wrote this book, I made a few assumptions. See whether
the following statements apply to you:
✓ You want to bond with your four-legged friend, keeping
lessons fun and upbeat. You’d like to share cool tricks
and games, do a performance together, or just have fun
in the backyard.
✓ You’re looking for a way to give your dog — and perhaps
yourself — a fun and healthy workout.
✓ You’re relatively new to trick training. If you’re not,
please don’t think I’m patronizing you if I explain a term
you’ve known for years — I just don’t want to leave
anyone out in the cold.
✓ Your dog knows basic obedience commands, such
as “Sit,” “Stay,” “Down,” and “Come.” To make sure
you have this foundational training down, I include a refresher in Chapter 3.


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Table of Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
About This Book ........................................................................ 1
Conventions Used in This Book ............................................... 2
Foolish Assumptions ................................................................. 2
Icons Used in This Book ............................................................ 3
Where to Go from Here ............................................................. 3
Chapter 1: Getting Started with Trick Training . . . . . . . .5
Knowing the Rewards of Teaching Tricks .............................. 6
Tools for Trick Training ............................................................ 6
Training with a Clicker .............................................................. 9
Rolling with Your Dog’s Natural Gifts.................................... 12
Trying Out a Few Basic Tricks................................................ 14
Chapter 2: Turning Your Dog into a Top Student . . . . . .17
Creating a Love of Learning in Your Dog .............................. 18
Speaking Your Dog’s Language .............................................. 20
Making Your Lessons Age-Appropriate ................................ 23
Tailoring Tricks by Breed ....................................................... 26
Considering Body Type ........................................................... 30
Pinpointing Your Pup’s Personality ...................................... 31
Chapter 3: Teaching the Basic Manners . . . . . . . . . . . . .35
Encouraging Self-Control: Basic Commands ........................ 35
Calling Your Dog ...................................................................... 36
Getting Your Dog in Position .................................................. 38
Teaching Patience .................................................................... 39
Restricting with “Nope”........................................................... 41
Barking and Not Barking on Cue ............................................ 43
Time for Bed: Settling Your Dog............................................. 45
Ringing a Bell to Signal That It’s Potty Time ........................ 45
Introducing Temptations ........................................................ 46
Chapter 4: Easy Tricks and Old Favorites . . . . . . . . . . . .49
“Wag” ......................................................................................... 49
“Give Me a Hug”........................................................................ 50
“Kisses!”..................................................................................... 51
“Paw” ......................................................................................... 51
“Wave” ....................................................................................... 53
“Other One” .............................................................................. 53
“High Five” ................................................................................ 54
“Fetch” ....................................................................................... 54
“Beg” .......................................................................................... 58
“Roll Over” ................................................................................ 59
Chapter 5: Harder Tricks to Amaze Your Friends . . . . .63
“Hit it!”: Closing Doors, Turning Out Lights,
Playing the Piano .................................................................. 63
“Achoo!”: Fetching a Tissue .................................................... 66
Let’s Dance................................................................................ 68
Taking a Bow ............................................................................ 70
Jump Rope ................................................................................ 71
Jumping Through a Hoop ....................................................... 72
From Counting to Calculus ..................................................... 73
Singing a Solo ............................................................................ 74
“Chase Your Tail” ..................................................................... 75
Looking Embarrassed or Disgusted ....................................... 76
Flipping and Catching a Treat Off the Nose .......................... 77
Chapter 6: Interactive Tricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79
Hide and Seek ........................................................................... 79
The Name Game: “Where’s Sally?” ......................................... 80
The Shell Game ......................................................................... 80
“Catch Me” ................................................................................ 81
A Treasure Hunt Game: Digging for China ............................ 82
Bang! Shootout at the O.K. Corral .......................................... 82
Chapter 7: Ten Tips to Keep Fido Fit and Spiffy . . . . . . .85
Wet Your Pooch’s Whistle with Water .................................. 85
Choose Quality Dog Food ....................................................... 86
Encourage Regular Exercise ................................................... 87
Distract with Peanut Butter during Grooming Sessions ..... 88
Give a Bath ................................................................................ 88
Trim Your Dog’s Nails ............................................................. 89
Look into Your Dog’s Eyes ...................................................... 89
Clean the Ears ........................................................................... 90
Protect the Nose ...................................................................... 90
Tend to Your Dog’s Teeth ....................................................... 90

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