Weekly Dog Trick – Play Dead
I thought I would spotlight a rather simple trick that pretty much every dog parent seems to like to have in their trick repertoire. This trick is called Play Dead. Most dogs learn this trick very quickly and it’s a great hit when showing off your dog’s skills.
The dog should know the command “down” and you should have a release word (I use stop, or release as my release word).
First off, give your dog the “down” command. The dog should lie down. What you want to make sure of is that the dog learns to lie down on his/her side.
Once the dog is laying on his/her side, point your finger at them like a gun and say BANG, all the while moving the dog’s head to the floor. If the dog already has his head on the floor on their side, then you’re pretty much there.
Reward your dog with a treat ONLY if they keep their head on the floor (thus looking like they are dead).
Keep the dog in that position until you use your release word. The dog should get up and the trick is done!
Once your dog masters this trick, you should be able to say your release word at a distance.
I have a video showing the trick. It is NOT ME in the video.
Have a great weekend and enjoy!