12 Easiest Tricks to Teach Your Dog Today

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Sit

Teaching your dog to sit is one of the easiest and most useful tricks. Hold a treat above their nose and move it back over their head. As their nose follows the treat, their bottom will naturally lower into a sitting position. Reward and praise.

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Stay

Once your dog can sit, teach them to stay. Ask your dog to sit, then hold your hand out in front of you and say "stay." Take a step back and reward them if they stay put. Gradually increase the distance and duration.

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Shake Hands

To teach your dog to shake hands, have them sit. Hold a treat in your hand, then raise their paw with your other hand while saying "shake." Reward and praise when they give you their paw.

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Lie Down

With your dog in a sitting position, hold a treat close to their nose and move it slowly to the ground. As their nose follows the treat, their body will lower into a lying down position. Reward and praise.

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Come

Teaching your dog to come when called is essential. Start by crouching down and enthusiastically calling your dog's name followed by "come." Reward them with treats and praise when they come to you.

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Roll Over

Have your dog lie down. Hold a treat close to their nose and move it in a circular motion around their head. As they follow the treat, they should roll over. Reward and praise for completing the roll.

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Play Dead

Start with your dog in a lying down position. Hold a treat near their nose and move it slowly towards their shoulder. As they follow the treat, gently guide them onto their side. Say "play dead" and reward them.

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Spin

Hold a treat near your dog's nose and move it in a circle. As your dog follows the treat, they will spin around. Say "spin" and reward them once they complete the circle.

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High Five

With your dog sitting, hold a treat in your hand and raise it slightly above their head. As they reach up with their paw, say "high five" and reward them with the treat and praise.

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Fetch

To teach fetch, start by showing your dog a toy and throwing it a short distance. Encourage them to retrieve it and bring it back to you. Reward and praise them when they do.

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Speak

Encourage your dog to bark by exciting them with a toy or treat. Once they bark, say "speak" and reward them. Practice until they bark on command.

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