You'd be lying if you said you haven't daydreamed about your dog becoming a Crufts champion. Every pet owner dreams of their dog bounding around the garden, jumping through hoops, and dancing on two legs perfectly.
You'd also be lying if you said that you didn't get annoyed when your dog didn't grasp something straight away, because let's face it: we're humans, we're impatient, and we're perfectionists.
So, if you don't have the time to train your pooch up to become the next furry celebrity, but you do want them to learn some cool tricks, then read on. We have compiled a list of 3 easy tricks to teach your dog!
Your dog is your best friend, right? Whether you're going through that emotional breakup or just fancy a bit of time away from other humans, you know your pet has always got your back.
If you thought Marley & Me was really cute and you want to give your beloved pooch a chance when the next Hollywood dog casting comes up, this is the trick for you!
Most dogs give you affection daily: they love to love, and that comes with lots of sloppy kisses, especially when you're not expecting it. But did you know that you can actually train your dog to give you kisses on demand? Cute, right?
In order to get your dog slathering you with love, be aware that this trick takes a little longer than others. But, patience is a virtue and you'll be so proud of yourself once you master it!
Imagine coming home from work after you've finally got that promotion. You'll naturally want to high five… but you're on your own, and high fiving yourself just doesn't feel the same.
Now imagine you come home with the biggest grin to find your dog ready and waiting to celebrate with you. The satisfaction of winning your promotion AND knowing you've taught your dog such a cool trick is euphoric.
This trick is usually best taught after your pup has mastered the shake-hands trick, but have no fear, you should be able to teach them to do it even if they don't know how to handshake yet.
Also, this trick is great for when you need to handle your dog's paws for grooming purposes or if they need to make a trip to the vet.
Now you've taught your dog to kiss you on-demand and high five you when you've got something to celebrate, why not teach them to give you hugs?
Whether you're feeling sad, lonely, tired, super happy, or just feel like spreading the love, teaching your dog to hug can be a hugely rewarding and satisfying experience.
Also, what's really cute is when you've taught your dog to hug, they do it as a person would. They wrap their paws around your neck and provide the same emotional support (if not more) as a human hugging you would do.
Training your dog to give hugs can be a great way to achieve a form of animal therapy. Dogs giving people hugs can be a great form of treatment that offers deep emotional therapy.
Finding tricks to teach your dog can be extremely fun and rewarding.
From simply training them to adhere to your lifestyle, teaching them tricks for fun or wanting to show your dog off to friends and family, teaching your pet new tricks is a great way to interact with them.
Training dogs not only give you satisfaction, but it also stimulates the brain of your pet, too.
Constantly engaging your dog allows for a healthy and happy animal, and that's the most important part, right?
Training your pet also engages them in exercise which will maintain your animal's health and wellbeing.
So, if you've been struggling with ways to teach your dog tricks, or were simply feeling uninspired about what to each them, these 3 easy tricks will send you on your way.
Once you've mastered these, don't stop there, either. There are so many other training methods you can try, too!
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