Weekly Trick – Teaching a Dog To Close the Door
I love this trick. It’s a smart, and fun trick to show off how smart your doggie pal is.
It may take a while for your dog to learn this trick and remember that a dog’s attention span is not overly long and they will tire when trying to learn so patience is key. Take about 5-10 minutes per day for a week or so, depending how fast your dog learns, and they should have this trick down pat.
First, have your dog outside and put a treat down by the side of the door for when they come in.
Next, call your dog to come in, if they spot the treat, don’t allow them to have it, instead say “Close door” and make the motion with your hand to close the door.
The dog should move to close the door and once they are close to the treat, the door should close and they will grab the treat, leaning against the door and closing it for sure.
Once your dog gets this down, in warmer weather, the door can be left ajar, and the dog can come in the house and close the door behind him/her, grab the treat and there you have a dog that is pretty darn smart and able to close doors behind them!
As always, I have a video showing this trick. It’s NOT ME in the video.
I’m wishing everyone a Happy New Year. I hope that 2012 is everyone’s best year yet! Type to you in the New Year!