Tricks Class — adding fun to training

From our December 2013 holiday program -- demonstrating the value of tricks in teaching a dog to pay attention, comply, stay on task and have fun in the process.

Jill & Bart — demonstrating the value of tricks in teaching a dog to pay attention, comply, stay on task and have fun in the process.

Add tricks training to your relationship with your dog.  Tricks engage the dog’s mind to figure out what you want and increase the dog’s attention and compliance.  Dogs love having work to do — give it to them through tricks. Register online.

Everyone wants their dog(s) to pay attention, do as they say and stay on task.  But how does one achieve that?  Of course, basic training is a good start – heeling, sit, down, come, etc.  Many folks may say that’s enough.  They didn’t come to dog class to learn any tricks – ‘I just want my do to behave.’

But, take a look at Bart (left).  He surely seems to be paying attention to Jill, doing as she wants and is clearly on task.

We suggest you not overlook the value of tricks in teaching these primary lessons.  In this brief video, you will see lots of dogs ‘on task.’  The video comes from our holiday program, December 2013.  The music accompaniment is provided by http://www.purple-planet.com

Through teaching tricks, children engage their dogs in learning

Through teaching tricks, children engage their dogs in learning

Tricks class is a good way to involve children in the dog’s training.

Children may have more fun teaching the dog trick behavior – sometimes starting with simple ones – “shake”, “sit pretty”, etc.  When the dog is engaged in these tricks, the dog is meeting the training goals as well — to pay attention, do as the child says and stay on task.  The stronger approach, of course, is a combination of regular obedience training and trick class.

Our Tricks class is 1:30 pm Saturdays.  Register online or use the ‘Contact Us’ tab to  discuss the process and opportunities.

 

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