Social distancing in response to the coronavirus for most of us means a whole lot more time at home. While you might miss getting out and about, your dog is probably thrilled to spend more time with you! Social distancing isn’t easy but you can use this time to teach your dogs some new tricks and, if you’re someone who likes to use humor to lighten the mood, you can even give the tricks pandemic themed names or cues.
For these tricks, you don’t need any fancy props. All you need is your dog and some training treats!
1- Teach your dog to High Five
With social distancing, we aren’t supposed to be shaking hands or having close physical contact with people, but we don’t have to social distance from our dogs! To teach your dog to high five, first, have treats that your dog is really excited about ready. Have your dog in a sit or a stand in front of you then:
- Put a treat in one hand, close your hand into a fist and hold your hand out to your dog
- In an attempt to get to the treat your dog will eventually start to paw your hand. Praise, and open your hand to give your dog the treat.
- Repeat several times. Your dog will start to paw at your hand more quickly after figuring out this is how to get the treats.
- When your dog is constantly pawing at your closed fist, start to add in your verbal cue of choice — “high five” or anything you prefer — as you hold your hand up.
- After several repetitions with holding up your hand with the verbal cue and with your dog consistent, hold up your fist but this time without a treat in it. Cue your dog to give you five, then praise and treat your dog when he does so.
- When your dog is consistently high fiving your closed fist without a treat in it, hold out your hand flat to your dog as though you were giving a high five to a person. Give your verbal cue for high five and when your dog’s paw touches your hand, then praise and treat! …Head over to the next page