Teaching your dog tricks is a great way to strengthen the bond between the two of you. Some tricks, like come, stay and sit, can even be lifesaving in the right circumstances. Both basic and the coolest dog tricks are fun to do with your dog and will impress anyone watching you and your pooch perform them.
Some of the Coolest Dog Tricks
Did you know that the easiest dogs to train are breeds that do not need the guidance of professional dog trainers? Easy or not, when teaching Fido anything, always use positive reinforcement dog training. Here are a few of the coolest dog tricks to teach your best furry friend!
Start the Play Dead trick with a treat in your hand. Get your dog’s attention and move the treat towards the ground. Once the dog is all the way down, then give him the treat. Work on this step until the dog lays down upon command. Then, move the treat to the side until the dog has to roll on its side to get the treat. Add hand signals for dogs showing this motion, so the dog does not become confused about which of the two tricks you want them to do.
Say Your Prayers
Say your prayers is a great trick to teach your dog if they have already conquered the sit command. You will need a box or other object that your dog can easily put their front paws on from a seated position. Start this trick by telling the dog to sit and give him a dog treat when he does. Then, teach him to put his front feet on the box. Finally, teach him to put his head between his feet. When the dog understands all three expectations, give him the command, “say your prayers,” and expect that he does all three things before giving a treat.
Walk tail is an excellent trick to teach if your dog is healthy and agile. Stand in front of your dog and hold a treat high enough over its head that it naturally has to stand on its back legs to take the treat from you. Then, slowly take a step backward so that the dog has to take a step forward to get the treat. Give the dog the treat only if he steps forward without putting his front feet on the ground. Slowly over time, you can extend the distance that you expect the dog to walk before getting a treat. Once your dog has conquered all the components, teach him to do it whenever you say “walk tail.”
Give a Hug
This trick is similar to Walk Tall, but instead of asking your dog to take a step, you will teach the animal to hug you. Get on the floor facing your dog and get it to raise both of its front paws off the floor so that it is sitting on its tail. Now, instead of giving the treat, lean in between the dog’s raised front feet. It will look like your dog is hugging you.
Pick Up Laundry
If you are tired of picking up laundry off the floor, you can teach your dog to do it for you. Teaching this trick is easier when you start at the end and build new steps onto the beginning of the routine. Therefore, the first thing you should teach your dog is to drop an object into a clothes hamper. Then, teach your dog to pick up two of his favorite dog toys and drop them in the hamper. Finally, swap out the dog toys with actual pieces of clothing. Smaller pieces, like socks, work best for this trick. When your dog has conquered all the parts, then tell him to “pick up laundry” and expect him to complete all the parts before getting a treat.
Especially if you have a smaller dog, it is easy to teach them to skateboard. Start by putting the skateboard on the floor with the wheels blocked so that it will not roll. Then, give your dog a treat anytime that they interact with the skateboard. Then, put the skateboard on a carpeted floor. It is best if the floor has a slight downward tilt. Every time the dog puts his back feet on the board, put a treat on the front of the board to encourage it to get on the board. Finally, teach your dog to leave his back feet on the floor and take a couple of steps with them while his front feet remain on the board.
If you are constantly losing your keys, then this trick can be cool and practical as the dog will find your lost keys for you. Start by putting one of his favorite toys on the ground and encouraging your dog to pick up the toy and give it to you in exchange for a reward. Once the dog masters this stage, then swap out the toy with your keys. Tell the dog to “find keys” and reward him for following your command. End by hiding your keys out of the dog’s sight and giving him a treat when he brings your keys to you.
Play the Piano
You can teach your dog to play the piano. Start by putting a Frisbee or large disc on the floor. Every time that your dog interacts with the object give him a treat. Slowly, work down so that the thing gets much tinier. Once the dog gets the idea, put a toy piano on the floor and reward the dog for touching the piano. Finally, reward the dog only when he touches the piano keys.
It is simple to teach a dog to spin. Start by getting your dog’s attention on his favorite treat. Then, move it in a circle with the dog following the treat. Give it to the dog when he has completed a full circle. Then, say the command “spin” and stand quietly. Once the dog spins, then give him a treat. Once the dog consistently goes in one direction, use a different command and hand signal to teach it to go in the other direction.
Bring Your Slippers
Dog owners can teach their dogs to bring them their slippers after a hard day at work. Start by holding your slippers in your hand and telling the dog to touch your slippers. When the dog touches the slippers, give him a treat. Then, put the slippers on the floor along with two or three other objects. Tell your dog to touch slippers and reward him when he does it. Next, teach your dog to bring you your slippers by carrying them a short distance in its mouth.
Teach your dog to put its hind legs on a book near a wall to get a treat. Then, add another book while giving the command “do a headstand.” Finally, you can remove the books and have the dog put their back feet on the wall. The American Kennel Club warns not to do this trick with young pups as it can injure them .
Climb a Ladder
It is easy to teach your dog to climb a ladder as long as you use a treat that he loves. Start by putting a treat on one of the ladder steps so that the dog must put his front feet on the first step to reach the treat. Once the dog is comfortable doing that, then raise the treat until the dog must put all four feet on the ladder to get a treat. Finally, require the dog to climb the ladder to get a treat placed on the top step.
Slide Up and Down a Slide
This is an advanced trick, and dog trainers will need to first teach pups how to climb a ladder and lie down. Use the same technique as you did in Climb a Ladder so your dog climbs the steps on a slide. Once they reach the top, then give them the command to lie down. Put a dog treat partway down on the slide and encourage the dog to inch forward to reach the treat. Gravity will help push them the rest of the way down. Be sure to give them another treat at the bottom of the slide.
Join the Band
Join the Band only works with a dog who will howl when they hear a noise. Whenever your dog naturally howls, then give them a treat and play the harmonica. Soon, they will get the idea to howl when you play the harmonica. Be sure that you are not rewarding your dog for howling at other times.
Jump Into Your Arms
Start teaching your dog to jump into your arms by sitting on the floor and rewarding your dog every time it has all four feet on your legs. Always start this fun trick with the dog on the same side of you. Then, move to a higher surface. Depending on your dog’s height, you may want to sit on a step and then on a barstool. Once again, reward the dog every time that they have all four legs on you. Finally, stand up and tell the dog to jump into your arms. If the dog seems to have trouble, consider crouching down while giving the command before finally standing up tall. Reward the dog when it listens and does the trick.
FAQs About Teaching the Coolest Dog Tricks
Many people may still have questions about teaching the coolest dog tricks. Here are some common questions and their answers.
1. What is the coolest dog trick?
The coolest dog tricks are those that allow you to control your animal’s behavior without a leash—regular or retractable leash—because they may save your pet’s life someday. For instance, if your house catches fire, the dog will follow these commands even if you do not have a leash. Therefore, it is an excellent idea if every dog knows how to sit, stay and come on command.
2. What is the hardest trick to teach your dog?
One of the hardest tricks is to roll over. This one is so difficult because it goes against many dogs’ natural emotions as rolling under another dog is a sign of submission. Before asking your dog to roll over for you, be sure that you have earned your dog’s complete trust by taking care of it regularly.
3. What tricks can you teach your dog to impress?
The hug trick is quite impressive because it shows trust between you and your animal, and the world can use all the love that it can get. Start by teaching your dog to sit pretty. Then, lean in between its two raised paws before giving it the treat.
4. What tricks can I teach my dog?
There are many fun tricks that you can teach your dog. Start by knowing what you want the dog to do before you begin. Then, start at the beginning of the trick and reward the dog for learning each new trick step. Always use positive reinforcement instead of punishing a dog that does not understand what you want initially. It takes time and consistency to teach a dog a new trick.