Fun & Interesting Dog Tricks To Teach Your Dog

Dogs are intelligent animals and they can be taught a variety of tricks. Teaching your dog tricks is a fun way to spend time with them and it also helps keep them mentally stimulated.

In this post, we’ll share some fun and interesting tricks that you can teach your dog. Keep in mind that each dog is different so not every trick will work for every dog. Be patient and have lots of fun with your furry friend!

  • Social tricks
  • Fun tricks
  • Simple tricks
  • Obstacle course tricks
  • Functional tricks
  • Independence tricks
  • Obedience tricks
  • Behavioral tricks

59. Greetings

Category: Social tricks

Accepting petting and being friendly with strangers is something that most dogs welcome with open arms. However, if you have a dog that suffers from stranger anxiety, well-intentioned interactions could turn nasty.

How to teach them? Here, your best tool is to use rewards as a distraction. You could give them a treat as strangers pet them and with time they will get used to the unfamiliar contact. You could also give them the treat after they receive the petting.

58. Sharing

Category: Social tricks

For the most part, dogs sometimes have a bad habit of being very selfish. If you have many of them together you will inevitably have to break up fights over everything from your attention to food and toys.

How to teach them? With attention, in particular, the trick is to be assertive and to make use of “sit and stay” commands. Take turns with each pet giving attention while maintaining assertion on the commands to stay put for the other dog/s/.

57. Controlling Aggression Towards Strangers (Social Skills For Your Dog)

If you have a dog with aggression issues, proper socialization is one of the most effective ways to prevent outbursts. However, even with discipline training and socialization, a few episodes may still occur every once in a while.

How to teach them? A simple and effective trick, in this case, would be getting between the dog and the trigger, turning your back on the stranger, and pulling on their leash simultaneously. This puts the dog at ease by showing them that you as the owner are not concerned.

56. Getting Comfortable Around Other Pets (Social Skills For Your Dog)

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Most dog breeds are very territorial and also highly protective of their families. They will most likely not want any other pets, especially other dogs coming into their spaces.

How to teach them? If you plan on expanding your pet family, your best bet for smooth integration is to expose your pooch to other dogs, cats, or other animals in advance. It could be anything from a pet daycare to a doggy park or beach.

55. How To Get Along With Children (Social Skills For Your Dog)

Dogs are often very nurturing and affectionate and tend to get along well with children. the problem comes in if you have really young kids and a particularly impatient dog that does not appreciate the unintentional rough-handling by the kiddos.

How to teach them? Make sure you are around every time there is an encounter between the dog and the child during the training. You can then use simple distraction techniques with treats or praise to create a memory of pleasant experiences around your child.

54. How To Say Hi To Strangers (Social Skills For Your Dog)

This is an important trick for every dog to learn whether they are friendly or suspicious of strangers. The most important thing is that they learn to get your permission before running off to greet strangers.

How to teach them? First off, get your dog’s attention by calling their name. You can then give them a treat then point to go say hey. This establishes greetings more as commands from you and simple requests from random strangers which makes it easier to control who the dog goes up to.

53. Tug Of War (Games To Teach Your Dog)

First off, it is important to note that not all breeds have the instinctive drive to engage in the grasp and pull techniques required here. With those that are inclined, however, the trick is to make it fun without triggering aggression.

How to teach them? For this trick, make sure you have a good quality tug toy and that your dog has basic command training including “heal”. You can then tease them to trigger and get the dog to bite while praising and encouraging them to make it seem more positive than threatening.

52. Classic Fetch (Games To Teach Your Dog)

This is a true classic and it really never grows old. Dogs love it. Dog owners love it. And it is just a fantastic way to spend time with your pooch and get a good workout. The best part is that you can do it outdoors or indoors.

How to teach them? This is relatively straightforward and all you need is a ball and some treats. Start by putting the ball on the ground and requesting the dog to bring it to you with treats every time they do it. You can then gradually move on to throwing close then far distances with the same rewards.

51. Frisbee (Games To Teach Your Dog)

The tricky part about teaching your dog how to properly play frisbee is getting them to understand that they need to jump and catch it. Most of them have the collecting and returning parts mastered and usually just wait for the frisbee to fall to the ground.

How to teach them? You have to teach the dog how to jump first by holding it high and making them reach for it. Once they get this you can throw it close to yourself and have them jump. Finally, introduce long frisbee throws by getting them a running start and they should remember how easy much more fun it was to jump and catch.

50. Hide And Seek (Games To Teach Your Dog)

Dogs are natural seekers so the skill to teach here is how to hide from you.

How to teach them? Start by showing them how and where to hide by actually hiding there yourself. Make sure as you do it to say the name “hide” or “hiding” so they create the association. You can then encourage them to try the same hiding spots with rewards every time they do it correctly. After consistent practice and rewards, all you have to do is tell them “go hide” and your training will be successful.

49. How To Swim (Games To Teach Your Dog)

Dogs do not always have the best relationship with water. However, once they learn to swim and actually get used to it you would be hard-pressed to find a happier doggy.

How to teach them? Make sure that the dog is safe first and foremost by getting them a doggy life jacket. If your dog is extremely nervous, start with small spaces like tubs and kiddy pools. Once they are ready, get in the pool/lake/pond with them holding them on either side of the torso. They will instinctively start to kick and with time will be ready to tread and swim unsupported.

48. Scavenger Hunts For Treats (Games To Teach Your Dog)

This is a really fun game to play with your dog both indoors and outdoors. It takes advantage of the hunting and tracking instincts that most dogs already have. It also mentally stimulates them which is useful in keeping a lot of breeds out of trouble.

How to teach them? You don’t actually have to do a lot as the dog owner, in this case, to get them to play along. Just find interesting ways and places to hide treats or other items you want the dog to find and shower them with praise once they make the find.

47. Puzzle And Other Mind Stimulation Games (Games To Teach Your Dog)

Doggy puzzles are also a fantastic way to mentally stimulate them and improve their cognitive capabilities. It also allows you and your pooch to have fun spending time together indoors. It also helps temper dogs with too much energy by teaching them to stay calm and focused.

How to teach them? Fortunately for you, commercial dog puzzles come with detailed instructions. All you have to do is to have treats and praises ready to reward them for doing the puzzle right.

46. Rolling Over (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is one of the oldest and easiest tricks to teach a dog and is super fun for them to do and for you to watch. For this, you will need a small treat and a spacious, flat surface.

How to teach them? You will use the luring technique where you hold the treat up to the dogs’ noses and use the direction of their movement. Next, get them down to the ground in a sort of crouching position. Then move the treat slowly upwards and in the direction you intend for them to roll. As you do this, they will instinctively turn and eventually roll completely over. To turn this into a command, just use cue words like “roll-over” every time you practice.

45. Spinning (Simple And Fun Tricks)

Spinning is a popular dog trick in dog shows which would be a lot of fun to do with your pooch at home. Like most tricks on this list, it makes use of the luring technique which means you will need a treat that your dog truly enjoys.

How to teach them? Stand in a fixed position and draw your dog’s attention to the treat. Slowly move the treat away from them in a circular motion over the dog’s head in the direction you want them to spin and they should do it naturally.

44. Bowing (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This trick is often a little more challenging than most that use luring techniques. This is because bowing is counterintuitive for the dog. More often than not they will end up fully lying down instead of boring.

How to teach them? Use a treat, a toy, or your hand with a clicker to lure the dog down to an almost flat position. Before they fully lie down, place your arm under their belly and offer resistance such that only the front of the body goes all the way down. With time, you can do this without a supporting hand.

43. Sit Or Down Trick (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is another classic trick you could teach your dog that is fun for showing off as well as for obedience training. Despite being so common, it can be a little tricky to teach.

How to teach them? Start by using a treat to lure the dog by holding it above their head with just enough distance for them to straighten up without standing. Then use your other hand to gently guide their back down to a squat position while uttering a cue word like “sit” or “down”.

42. Standing On Hind Legs (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is a lot like training your dog how to sit which sounds paradoxical. In fact to successfully train a dog to stand on its hind legs you have to have mastered the “sit” skill.

How to teach them? Start your dog off in a position where they are seated upright. Hold a toy or a treat over their head and progressively move your hand higher. As they reach for it they will eventually get onto their hind legs.

41. Sit Pretty (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is a really fun and absolutely adorable improvement on the “sit” skill. In addition to being cute, it is a fantastic core muscle workout that comes in particularly handy for doggies with back problems.

How to teach them? Stand behind the dog and have them in a sitting position between your legs for support. Lift a treat over their head to lure them upwards then offer support to the chest. Just repeat this with the cue word of choice and you are good to go.

40. Crawling (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is another fun trick to teach a dog that will come in handy whether you are playing hide and seek together or you are training them for an obstacle course that requires crawling. For it to work, they have to be good at basic commands including sitting and laying down.

How to teach them? First, get your dog flat on its belly on the ground. The next step is offering them small treats while consistently increasing the distance where you place the treat.

39. Standing On Your Back (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is also known as the back stall trick. It is not only super fun to do but also helps you work on your dog’s confidence and overall balance.

How to teach them? For this trick, you will need two people, especially during the training portions. Start building the dog’s confidence by having them jump onto lower and more stable surfaces including chairs and rocks. Use treats and cue words for this and gradually progress to your training partner’s back with the same cues.

38. Kisses; When And How To Give Them (Simple And Fun Tricks)

For the most part, this is not something you have to teach a lot of dog breeds especially if they are naturally affectionate. The trick is getting aloof dogs on board with this or getting the affectionate ones to only kiss on command.

How to teach them? If you are dealing with a particularly difficult doggy, just use the peanut butter trick where you apply some on your cheek and have them lick it off while using the “kiss” cue words and rewarding them with praises.

37. Crossing Paws (Simple And Fun Tricks)

The paws crossed trick is always a crowd-pleaser if you want to show off how smart your dog is. It is also a prolific feature in freestyle events at dog shows. However, it can be very challenging to teach.

How to teach them? You will need some treats, a target and if you wish, a clicker. Start by getting your dog to lay down on its belly. Then get them to touch the target with each paw at a time rewarding them as they go and moving the target further away. Finally, have the targets placed such that the paw has to cross the other leg to reach it.

36. Which Hand? (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is a fun game to play indoors with your dog. In addition to giving you some bonding time, it is a fantastic trick to help sharpen your dog’s concentration with some rewarding mental stimulation.

How to teach them? This is pretty straightforward. Just have a treat in one hand, show the dog, then put your hands behind your back and show them to the dog again. If they get it right then surrender the treat. If not then repeat the process.

35. Jumping Rope (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is a pretty fun trick to teach your dog especially if you have kids that the pooch can then play with. However, in order to be successful with the training, you first have to teach them how to jump on the spot.

How to teach them? The first step is to have the dog jump on the spot once at a time with a reward after each jump. Then have them jump repeatedly. The third stage is to introduce a rope. Use a treat to have them jump over it to one side and another to go back as you pull the string up. Do this faster and faster and they will get the hang of it.

34. How To Play Dead (Simple And Fun Tricks)

This is another fun way to improve your dog’s cognitive abilities in understanding your communication because it is a counterintuitive skill. In order to teach this, they must first have learned how to lay down and roll over.

How to teach them? Lure the dog down and start to move the treat away as you would with a roll-over trick. The difference here is that you stop when they are facing upwards. Get them to hold this position by hovering the treat over them. Use praise as a reward to keep them in place and after a few seconds surrender the treat.

33. Weaving (Obstacle Course Tricks Training)

This is a trick that helps to work on the dog’s agility and flexibility. To get it right. Start with only two poles and have the dog go through them slowly.

How to teach them? Use the luring technique to guide the dog where you want them to go. Give the dog the treat once they exit at the spot where you intended for them to do it. Repeat this step and have them go faster and faster. With time and practice, you can add more weaving poles still using the luring technique to guide the dog.

32. Jumping Over Bars (Obstacle Course Tricks Training)

Jumping over bars is a lot of fun for the dog once they get the hang of it. The challenge comes in with getting them to jump over higher and higher obstacles without knocking down the bar or getting hurt.

How to teach them? Start your training by getting the dog to cross over a low-lying bar with a treat on the other end as an incentive. They may simply walk over this. Gradually raise the level of the bar as they get better at it. As you get higher, make sure to give the dog a running start so they can jump better. Also, make sure to keep the treats lower to avoid having the dog facing upwards and losing form.

31. Jumping Through Hoops (Obstacle Course Tricks Training)

This is in a lot of ways like teaching your dog how to jump over bars. However, they have to be a little more precise to ensure that they actually go through the boundaries.

How to teach them? The first step is to get the dog to sit in the hoop while it is horizontal on the ground. Then have it vertical but still on the ground and lure your dog using treats and a cue word rewarding them when they go through. After this just continue to raise the level of the hoop of the ground with the treat as motivation for the dog to jump through.

30. Going Through A Collapsed Tunnel (Obstacle Course Tricks Training)

This can be challenging especially if you have a dog that deals with anxiety. However, when they actually learn it the trick becomes a quick favorite. Before you start, make sure you have a short, stable, and high-quality tunnel.

How to teach them? The first step is to get them comfortable with the tunnel by placing treats at the mouth of the tunnel. Place the treats further and further inside and praise the dog for getting them. Finally, stand on the other end of the tunnel with the treat and lure the dog to it. With a shot tunnel to begin with this should be easy.

29. Going Up And Down A Frame Obstacles (Obstacle Course Tricks Training)

This trick tests the dog’s confidence and balancing techniques. More often than not, the A-frames come with friction pads or little stepping bars to give your dog foot leverage as they go up and down the frame.

How to teach them? With such a frame, start the dog off at the widest setting where the slope is most gradual. Use a lure to get them to go up and down. As they get more confident, increase the slope of the A-frame, and later they take their time getting on and off.

28. Seesaw Obstacles (Obstacle Course Tricks Training)

This is another very tricky obstacle course skill for your dog that tests its balance. You may have to offer support either with a leash or with your hands as you teach them how to do this one.

How to teach them? Lure them onto one end of the tee totter making sure they get on it on their front paws. Guide the dog to the middle of the board and have them stop for a treat. Proceed to guide them down slowly as the board shifts on the dog’s weight. Have the dog stop towards the end for another treat and to facilitate safe jumping off.

27. Operating Elevators (Aid Dog Skills)

This is one of the most basic assistance dog tricks that you can teach any dog. It comes in handy not only in summoning elevators but also street crossing switches which they could use themselves.

How to teach them? Make sure there is something in it for the dog such as a treat inside the elevator. You could also rub some of the treats on the buttons to get them to focus as a form of target training.

26. Crossing The Road Safely (Aid Dog Skills)

A cool trick that guide dogs have to learn is how to cross the road safely including identifying danger signs. Teaching your regular dog how to cross the road is not always so complex especially if you are with them.

How to teach them? When you reach the crossing, have your dog in a “sit” position. When ready, give the leash a gentle tug and guide them across. If they start to move before time, simply use a treat or a clicker to guide them back to you instead of yanking the leash.

25. Detecting Allergens In Food (Aid Dog Skills)

This comes in handy if you want to train your dog to help you identify foods that you and your family may be allergic to. It could also help if they have allergies of their own.

How to teach them? Your task here is to teach them what scent to identify and how to react to it. The reaction could be some other skill learned like sitting pretty or bowing or whatever you want. A clicker and a sample of the actual scent will actually come in handy in this case.

24. Pulling Or Pushing Wheelchairs (Aid Dog Skills)

Pulling loads, in general, is a job for very specific dog breeds mainly large and medium doggies. It is a relatively simple trick to teach any dog that will come in handy whether it is for pulling actual wheelchairs or their own stuff including toy baskets.

How to teach them? Here, you will take advantage of lure techniques and praise for rewards. Simply attach the load to the dog using a harness and lure them with the treat. Progressively make them go further and they will eventually stop fussing about the load.

23. How To Identify Emergencies And Raise Alarms (Aid Dog Skills)

This is more often than not a natural instinct with most dogs. However, if you want them to identify specific alarms and respond then you will have to pair this with bark on command cues that we have discussed in detail later.

How to teach them? You might need a second person to demonstrate here whether it is fainting or a simulated seizure. Once it starts, give the dog the command to bark or “go get help” and reward them with a treat when they do.

22. Bringing The Leash (Independence Tricks)

It is no secret that dogs do not love leashes. It, therefore, takes a lot to get your pooch to actually bring the leash to you themselves. Like any other trick you will be teaching your pooch, it is all about making it fun for them.

How to teach them? This trick works best with dogs that haven’t been leashed yet but with the proper motivation, you can also get an older dog on board. Have the dog inspect the leash and treat them for any contact. Then reach your hand out for them to pass the leash with a cue word.

21. Ringing The Bell To Notify You (Independence Tricks)

Barking is how dogs communicate their need for attention. This is not always the most convenient or acceptable method though especially if it is at night or you have neighbors who don’t like the noise.

How to teach them? As a new object, let your dog first interact with it. Teach them how to ring the bell and reward them with treats and praise when they do. The next step is to leave the room and call out to them to ring the bell returning into the room every time they do.

20. Walking Without A Leash (Independence Tricks)

Walking without a leash is a sign of trust in your dog and is a trick you should reserve for the most disciplined doggies. You also have to have mastered other tricks like having them respond to your calls and commands to calm down.

How to teach them? One of the easiest ways to do this is to slowly loosen the grip on your leash giving your dog more freedom. However, you could use things like clickers or treats to keep them close despite the freedom. With time, they will know to stay close by.

19. Serving Their Own Food (Independence Tricks)

These days, there are all sorts of feeding toys that your dog could use to serve their own food. Your job is to teach them how to operate the tool which of course depends on each model.

How to teach them? These food dispensers come with different instructions so it should be an easy trick to teach. Make sure to use treats and praise to reward the dog for actually operating the dispenser properly. After they learn this the food they get will be incentive enough.

18. Operating Doggy Doors (Independence Tricks)

Think of training your dog to go through a doggy door as any other obstacle course trick. Just start simple using luring techniques and work your way up to the more complex task.

How to teach them? Start with the door wide open. Stand on one end and lure your dog out with a treat. Repeat this until they can come in and out with just verbal cues. Next, crouch down to the level of the doggy door with the door closed and lure the dog to your side with the treats. After a while, they will get used to using it.

17. Cleaning Up After Their Toys (Independence Tricks)

Dogs love to play and it can be very difficult to make them stop. It takes a whole lot of independence and discipline to not only stop when asked but also put away their toys for the next play period.

How to teach them? A clicker will come in handy in this case as it is a trick with multiple steps. They have to interact with the toys, the basket, and the lid and each successful interaction should be rewarded. Once they get familiar, work your way up to more complex tasks like having them work with two aspects at the same time whether it is toys and the basket or the lid and the basket.

16. Making Their Own Bed (Independence Tricks)

This comes easily to some dogs as can be observed with nesting behavior during pregnancy. You can also teach your dog to do this as a part of their regular sleep time routine.

How to teach them? First of all, make sure the dog is familiar with their sleeping space and accessories like pillows and blankets if any. After this just have the dog bring over the accessories to the bed and lay them out in which case demonstrating goes a long way.

15. How To Hold Poo And Pee Until Potty Time (Independence Tricks)

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This is a particularly handy skill to teach small dogs that often have small bladders and need more potty breaks. You can have this trick as a part of your potty training.

How to teach them? Start by establishing a potty routine with a specific location where they can go poo and pee. Make sure you reward them every time they wait and do it right. You can then go ahead and increase the duration between potty breaks which they will also learn to adapt to.

14. Go To Bed Or Into Crate (Obedience Skills Training)

If your dog could have their way they would sleep wherever the urge hit them. Sometimes, getting them to actually want to sleep is the hard part especially if they are too excited.

How to teach them? The first step is to lure them onto the bed or into the crate and only release the treat when all paws are in and they either sit or lay down. Repeat this while uttering the specific cue word you wish to use.

13. Take It And Drop It (Obedience Skills Training)

For this trick, you will need two toys and a lot of patience. It comes in particularly handy with other tricks here including fetch and tug of war games as well as teaching the dog how to share.

How to teach them? Let the dog bite on the first try using the cue word “take it”. Once they do, offer praise and give them some time to play with it. Use the other toy to distract the dog by making it look more fun. Once you have their attention, use the words “drop it” until they do after which you can offer a reward.

12. Responding To Name And Other Cues (Obedience Skills Training)

This is one of the easiest and most instinctive tricks to teach your dog. It is very important as it helps make training where you need to get their attention very easily.

How to teach them? Make sure to start as early as possible with young pups being the easiest to each. Simply repeat their name while maintaining eye contact and give them a treat every time they come over.

11. Stopping Excess Digging And Scratching (Obedience Skills Training)

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Dogs love to dig whether it is for fun or to hide their precious treasures. Teaching them to listen to commands that stop this will save you a lot of stress and landscaping costs.

How to teach them? The trick here is to give them something better to do as digging is often a way to let out physical or mental frustration. You could also save yourself the trouble by getting them a designated digging pit and rewarding them for using it.

10. Stopping Tantrums And Barking (Obedience Skills Training)

Not all dogs throw tantrums or bark excessively which is awesome because they can get really problematic. The good news is that there is a lot that you can do to help them stop this.

How to teach them? Here, you want them to learn how to follow quiet cues whether it is you shushing them, putting your finger to your mouth, or using words like “calm down”. Make sure to time your training when they are barking and reward them for going quiet.

9. Attacking And Release On Command (Obedience Skills Training)

It is important to note that the attack command, in general, is not for all dogs. You have to get the temperament just right or they will either not bite or bite too hard.

How to teach them? Get a second person all suited up in protective gear. Provoke the dog gently and get them to bite onto one part. Use keywords and rewards to reinforce this. Once they bite or pin down your training partner, issue a release command and treat the dog for this as well.

8. Barking On Command (Obedience Skills Training)

This is a fun trick for your dog to learn but could also be a clever way to make silence training a lot easier for you.

How to teach them? Dogs will bark at the slightest provocation, especially loud noises. So bang on something like the wall and clap loudly while saying the cue word “bark”. Every time they bark rewards them with a treat. Continue to do this and eliminate the noises leaving only the verbal command and the rewards.

7. General NO And Stop Commands (Obedience Skills Training)

Dogs can be incredibly mischievous if left to their own devices. Teaching the “no” and “stop” commands, therefore, come in handy in a number of scenarios.

How to teach them? Wait to catch the dog in the act whatever it is. Use the cue words in a strong and authoritative way without being too harsh. Once they turn their attention away from the activity, shower them with praise. Continue this until they understand the cues.

6. Playing Drums (Human-Like Behavior)

You can actually teach your dog how to play drums for fun little drum sessions. No, your pooch won’t turn into a drumline master but you could get a steady rhythm with enough hard work and consistency.

How to teach them? This is all about learning how to hit and how to hold a steady beat. Just get them something to tap on and reward them every time that they do. Gradually increase the number of beats between treats. It will take a lot of practice but if done right is absolutely worth it.

5. Dancing (Human-Like Behavior)

The relationship between music and dogs is a little complicated. They have a bit of a sense of rhythm in them but that is about it.

How to teach them? This is all about having them follow your lead. It helps a lot if they already know how to stand on hind legs. Every time you play music, just get them to stand and use treats to lure them around. The reaction may not be to the music but it definitely is a lot of fun.

4. How To High Five And Give Hand Shakes (Human-Like Behavior)

There is probably nothing as gratifying as showing off your dog’s greeting skills as a dog owner. High fives and handshakes are particularly adorable and are crowd favorites whether it is with guests or with strangers outdoors.

How to teach them? First, start with targeting exercises with your hand as the target giving a treat every time your dog makes contact. Reward them and repeat this constantly changing the position of your hand all the while coupling this up with verbal cues.

3. How To Use And Flush A Human Toilet(Human-Like Behavior)

This can be quite a game-changer if you are successful but is notoriously difficult to teach. However, with patience and the right steps you actually have a fighting chance.

How to teach them? Start as early as possible and before regular potty training if possible. Let the dog explore the toilet including perching on the toilet seat. The next step is to take them there whenever it is time for a potty break. It will take time but they will get confident and eventually be able to use the toilet alone.

2. Identifying Objects By Name (Human-Like Behavior)

This is a very fun but highly advanced skill set for dogs that requires either a very intelligent breed or a lot of patience on your part.

How to teach them? The first step is to let the dog play with the objects. Let them touch, smell, and even bite on them. Remove the objects leaving only one at a time which you will assign a verbal cue to. Every time you say the word and they touch it then reward them. Repeat this with each object individually. With time, you could have them all together with the dog able to identify each based on the verbal cue you attached.

1. How To Talk (Human-Like Behavior)

Every dog owner has seen a video or two of a Husky or Akita “speaking” and wished they could have their dogs be that cool. Well, it really isn’t that hard. No, your pooch will not talk to you in human words. However, you can teach them conversation through howling.

How to teach them? This trick works a lot like barking on command. Just provoke or frustrate them into barking or howling. Reward only when they howl and respond using verbal communication as well. 

What Are The Smartest Dog Breeds? 

Smarter dogs are often easier to teach new and more complex tricks at any age. Their combination of intelligence and eagerness to learn and impress just makes the process so much more fun. Some of the smartest dog breeds in this case include:

  • Border Collie
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Doberman Pinscher

What Are The Dumbest Dog Breeds? 

All dogs are smart in their own way. However, there are some that are more difficult to train for different reasons. For some breeds, it is the fact that they are naturally slow learners. This includes the Afghan Hound, Borzoi, and Basenji. Others are just a little too stubborn which makes them appear dumb and they include the Dachshund, Akita, Chihuahua, and Boston Terriers.

What Is The Best Training Dog Treat? 

Treats work wonders whether you are training your dog to play fetch or how to use a toilet. The Bil-Jac Dog Treats are easily the best out there with the perfect balance between quality, quantity (you will need lots of them during training), and health benefits. They are made from real chicken with a soft and tasty formulation that makes them fantastic for training purposes.

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