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What are some simple tricks you should teach first?

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behavior' started by PenguinManiac, Mar 23, 2016.

  1. PenguinManiac

    PenguinManiac New Member

    I'd like to train my dog (once I get one, that is), so I'm wondering what simple tricks I could teach first to get started. The ones I see the most are rolls and sitting up, but are there some other nice tricks that are not too hard to teach to a young dog?
  2. remnant

    remnant Member

    One nice trick to teach a dog is meal time awareness. Like the Russian scientist Pavlov, you can condition them when to expect a meal by ringing a bell for example. You can also teach them where to perform bowel movement by goading them to a suitable place and shrieking at them whenever they break this rule. Mind you, it works. This is the technique of positive feedback mechanism at work.
  3. joshposh

    joshposh Member

    First trick to teach is to sit. That is the first and most important trick. If they want something then need to behave and wait to be given something. That is the first level of obedience. They will take to it if you apply it in everything they do. Instead of jumping and being anxious, they have to be submissive and wait for your good grace.
  4. Jezeray

    Jezeray Member

    The first "trick" I teach is about the door. Even if it's wide open, my dog is not allowed to just run through it. From day one, I teach them to wait for the okay before exiting the house or car. It's a big safety thing and I spend a lot of time on it. The other thing I do from the very beginning is start loose-leash work. We go nowhere when the leash is tight. Sorry dude. It's so much easier to teach if the dog has never learned that he can get where he wants to go by pulling.

    The next few (in order) are sit, which we use a lot every time the dog wants something, and recall ("come"). Down, Stand, and stay are next. Then "go to bed" - which means go to the designated place and stay there.

    After those, we got into more complex things, like an actual heel, recall to heel, go greet, rally-o cues, and silly things like begging or giving a high-five.
  5. IcyFirefly

    IcyFirefly Member

    I don't know if I can call them tricks because they are usually called obedient around my world. The sit, come, wait, and lie down are the most common commands that the dog needs to know. It is for their own goodness and safety.

    For me, come and wait commands are the most important ones. You have to do this daily until your dog learns to obey every time you tell him so.
  6. Corzhens

    Corzhens Member

    We have no orientation in dog training before we hired a dog trainer to train our 2 puppies. But we were able to teach our first dog the simple sit and stay command. Although it took weeks to teach our dog but we were successful in that. Now our dogs also know those 2 commands particularly the sit but with the stay, sometimes they are ignoring it.
  7. Beermoney

    Beermoney New Member

    If it is a young puppy, then you should teach it to do basic stuffs like sitting and lying down. Make sure the puppy learn it properly before moving on to more advanced tricks. Personally, I prefer to teach tricks that are useful and practical. I do not want to waste my time as well as the dog's time learning things just for fun.
  8. LaneA

    LaneA Member

    I'm really bad at teaching my dogs new tricks, but I think that it would be cute to teach them how to sit and roll. But ad another users have mentioned, we need to be aware if our dog is willing to keep learning, and if we have time it would be a good option to look for some new tricks online, there's no limits! :D
  9. beautifullybree

    beautifullybree New Member

    First start with their name and potty training(if they are inside dogs). Next easiest trick to learn is sit and from sit to lay down. After that roll over, shake, high five, dance on back legs, and jump. I have actually taught my cat over 10 tricks. My dogs aren't as advanced, but its more for lack of time. They are still learning everyday. The best thing I've noticed helped me is treats, treats, and more treats.
  10. fuzyon

    fuzyon New Member

    I think they learn their name and where to pee/poop by themselves, you don't really have to think about that too much. What I would suggest is to get it used to treats, whenever you train it or it does something good give it a little snack so he's aware of what he gets when it is a good boy.
    Then I suggest start training your dog little by little everyday, I personally started mine out by training it how to sit and remain on the spot when I say "stop".
  11. Valerie

    Valerie Member

    Hmm, everyone has made great suggestions. I, too, feel that the first "trick" should be one related to housebreaking. When I was training Rufio, my parents' dog, to go outside, I taught him to go over to the door and wait. As soon as I noticed, he'd scoot over to me to patiently wait for his leash. But I think that was more routine rather than an actual "trick." If we're talking an amazing feat, I think my favorite was teaching him to "sit, stay, come" and when he did those in order several times, I'd say, "Let's dance." He'd hop up, give me his paws, and we'd do a little waltz. Then he'd get a big treat as a job well done.
  12. Joel7050

    Joel7050 New Member

    The most important and basic trick to learn would be to sit. To teach him this, say "sit" loudly and firmly while pointing down while gesturing downwards. The first few times, you will have to follow up by pressing his back down gently until he sits, and then repeating the command. Treats will greatly entice him to obey and learn tricks, and he will learn to associate tricks as a fun way to earn treats. However, only give him a treat after he does a few tricks. Do not take the treat first, or he will start to be dependent and would require a treat in order to do tricks or obey.
  13. djordjem87

    djordjem87 New Member

    If you ask me dogs are toys and tricks are not needed for your own satisfaction. What you need to learn your dog are the commands that are useful to him and to you. He needs to sit, stop, kneel, slowdown, get back. Something like that. My dog listen to these commands basically. I really like that I have thought him to slow down, stop, go and get back behind me. Of course kneel as well but he does that without saying.

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