Trick Dogs For Fun
If you want better basic obedience skills, teach some tricks! The more things you teach your dog, the better he gets at learning. The more often you ask for behaviors, the better she gets at offering them.
Tricks are easier and more rewarding to teach because we place much less pressure on ourselves and our dogs. When we teach down or stay its much more serious, when we teach spin, shake, high five or roll over it just feel like fun. So, the extra pressure of obedience commands tend to stress us out as our expectations are so high of the dog to perform. If you are relaxed and having fun, then your dog will be so much more responsive to perform obedience commands as to your dog it’s all a game and a bunch of tricks-
What can you gain by teaching tricks?
- Easier vet visits: Just think how much easier your dog’s exam can be if you can ask him to “play dead” instead of holding him down on his side
- Cooperative care: Can you use “shake” or “give paw” to help with nail trims? How about “go to your mat” to clean your dog’s muddy paws
- Work through distractions: Uh oh, squirrel! But your dog loves to “spin” and “sit pretty”. Can your dog do a fun trick with you instead of focus on a distraction?
- Closer relationship with your dog: My own experience? The more often I train tricks, the more my dogs pay attention to me. (They snuggle more, too.)
- Build reliable response: The more you practice “fun” training exercises and play with your dog, the more likely your dog will comply with you in a “real life” scenarios where you might need immediate cooperation.
- Every dog can play: Young puppy? Old dog? Three legs? Blind? Deaf? Who cares! Every dog can learn tricks. Trick training is a stellar way to creatively engage and exercise senior dogs and dogs with disabilities.
Camp Miracle Paws trains and awards titles and certificates for Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert and Champion Trick Dog. Titles require witness by a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and can be done either in person or by video. For the certificate, you can ask anyone to witness your tricks for you.
American Kennel Club offers Trick Dog Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and Performer titles. Tricks may be witnessed by any Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, except the Performer level, which are submitted by video. All AKC-registered dogs are are eligible, and all mixes, non-registered dogs and non-AKC breeds may apply for an AKC PAL number if spayed or neutered (intact dogs are not eligible for this program unless they have AKC registration).
Involve your whole family! Trick Dog Titles are a great way for kids of all ages to build a positive relationship with the family dog.
Call us for more details: 864-314-1804