Dogs are quite smart and are eager to please their owners. The smartest breed of dogs is the poodle, so it’s no wonder most circus acts used poodles. However, any dog can learn to answer to your unique commands and do as they’re told. The following list is 10 cool, unique tricks you can teach your dog. Be persistent and soon your dog will be the most obedient and cool pet you have ever had.
1. Don’t be shy
This command involves getting your dog to hide his eyes with paws or hide his face against your lap. Have you noticed that dogs don’t like you touching their noses? Well, blowing on their noses is even worse for them. What you do is blow on your dog’s nose and say the command: don’t be shy. Your dog will either move its face or hide its eyes with his paws. After performing the trick, give your dog a treat and say “good dog”. Keep repeating this procedure for a couple of days and substitute the treat with just saying “good dog” or petting it. With a certain amount of time your dog will automatically cover his eyes with his paws every time you tell him “don’t be shy”. Remember to always praise it or pet it.
2. To act crazy
Dogs sometimes like to act in a very unique crazy way when they get excited; they either jump around or run really fast in circles. When you see your dog doing this say the command: act crazy. It might take several attempts, but always reward your dog with treats or praise to motivate its behavior.
This one is a little harder to obtain, but when you hear your dog whining, say: cry. Praise it and give it a treat. Keep trying until it gets it and then you have a dog that cries on command.
Now this one gets a little tricky too, because dogs are ticklish and don’t like it when you touch their paws. With practice you can make your dog high five with you. So, extend your hand in the high five position and give the command, you may need to pet or physically make your dog high five with you.
5. Where is…. fill in the blank
This trick can come in handy for finding objects or guiding your dog towards another person. It involves saying: Where is…. and fill in the blank with any possible thing you can think of. After your dog finds the object or the person praise it and give a treat.
6. Hide and seek
This is not a trick, but a fun cool game you can play with your dog. First, you need to throw a toy far away from where you are and because of instinct the dog will chase after it. This is your cue to hide. After the dog notices you’re missing it will begin to search for you. You can even help it by calling its name or whistling. Once your dog finds you it will be really happy, so praise him and pat him for finding you. Then, switch your hiding places.
Training your dog to bark follows the same exact procedure as teaching it to cry.
This is a fun unique way to play with your dog and it’s really easy to teach. Dogs have a tendency to reach toward your face and stand on their two back legs to do so. When your dog attempts this, use the palms of your hand and pat your dog’s paws and say the command: dance. You can move around and your dog will follow you, so it appears like you are dancing. Always remember to praise your dog or give it a treat.
9. Tell me secrets
Dogs are always sniffing around, so take advantage of this and place your ear near your dog’s nose. They will sniff it and say: tell me secrets. Practice this a few times with praise and treats and you will get your dog to look like he’s telling you cool secrets.
Another easy, but cute command to teach your dog is to kiss you. Obviously it will lick you. Place your cheek near your dog’s mouth and ask: kiss me. After a few attempts you dog will lick you cheek and give you kisses.
The amazing thing about all these unique tricks is that if your dog wants some attention, he will perform them for you to receive praise, petting or treats. That’s pretty cool, right?