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As isolation and lockdown continues throughout the country, we are sure that every dog owner has spent the last month finding new ways to, not only entertain their families, but their dogs too! It’s been exhausting we’ve frozen, hidden, made, bought new treats to try and keep them occupied but if you, like us, have found yourself running out of ideas we’re here to help. Home-schooling’s not just for kids - your dogs can join in too and we have a raft of ideas guaranteed to get them to the top of the canine class!
As always, we have enlisted our Vet Know-how team at our in-house Vet’s Klinic and it seems the adage is wrong – and you really can teach an old (or any age) dog new tricks!!
Find somewhere quiet and where your dog won’t be distracted by other dogs, food or toys.
Plan your rewards - this could be a special toy or a healthy pet treat they really enjoy.
Keep training sessions short and snappy – we recommend 10-15 minutes per session.
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Spinning can usually be taught relatively easily in just a few easy steps…
Dogs learn at different speeds and although some may pick up new tricks quickly others may need a little more help – repetition is the key to learning
Bowing is when dogs place there head down towards their feet again this is a simple trick that just takes a little practise.
The bow can be tricky to master so it might take quite a few encouraging goes before they nail it. Often dogs are inclined to lie down instead of just dipping their head. To help stop this you can pop an arm under their stomach to help prevent them sinking down the whole way. Always be sure to praise them while they are in the correct position.
It’s a classic that dogs and owners love – such fun! The rollover is a fun trick learn…
This is the gentlest trick for a loving dog…
Learning trick is great mental stimulation for your dog, as well as helping to strengthen the bond between the both of you. For maximum enjoyment involve the family but be sure to keep training sessions short, sweet and most importantly fun!
Check out our Vet’s Kitchen™ YouTube channel to see some of these tricks in action (YouTube) and don’t forget we love to see your videos so why not film your new trick and upload to social media and tag us in the post.