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Is Your Dog Ready For Trick Training?

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I think every dog owner likes to see their pooch do a trick or two. Trick training your dog is a great way to bond with him, expand his ability to accept and respond to all types of training, and is fun for both of you. Before you undertake this training take the time to honestly evaluate your dog and his ability to perform the tricks you wish him to learn. Not all breeds are physically capable or intellectually responsive enough to take an interest in this form of dog training. Before you begin trick training your dog keep in mind he or she may have limits to what they are able to do.

The breed of dog you own is going to dictate how much to expect when trick training your dog. Let’s be honest here, some dogs are smarter than others so only you are going to know just what to expect the dog to be capable of learning. Topping the list of breeds capable and showing a natural instinct for learning simple to complicated tricks are Poodles. They just seem to love performing and this is why many people who train and show trick performing dogs choose the Poodle breeds.

The Collies also are extremely intelligent dogs who are very trainable. We can include the St. Bernard’s, Newfoundland’s, and Great Danes as trainable trick dogs but due to these breeds very large physical size some tricks are simply beyond their abilities. The best performing trick dogs tend to be those smaller in size with great natural athletic abilities.

Most Terrier breeds are among the top dogs for this training as well. They are intelligent and have the required physical abilities to do complex and amazing tricks, so if you own one of the Terrier breeds there should be little difficulty in getting your dog to learn simple to complicated tricks.

If you feel you want to give this dog training a try to begin when the dog is a puppy. This teaches the pup how to follow directions and listen to your commands that will carry over as he or she grows into adulthood. It also takes advantage of and helps to retain the natural playfulness all puppies have, and this will also make the transition as the dog ages.

Always be patient and use simple command words when trick training your dog. If you make it fun the dog will be eager to learn and might just amaze you with what he or she can do.

Does your pooch know a few tricks? Please tell our readers about them.

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