Weekly Trick – Crawl
This trick is great for beginners, both beginner dogs just learning tricks, and beginner humans teaching their dog a trick.
It is very simple. Make sure that your dog knows the “down” command. Some dogs don’t go into the down position easily, so your dog should know the command “sit” as well.
You should crouch down next to your dog with a treat. Have a command word ready so that they can learn this trick, whether it’s “crawl” or “wiggle” or what have you.
Now wave the treat back and forth in front of the dog’s face slowly so that they can see it. At the same time start moving backwards so that the dog has to come to you to get the treat. Most of the time your dog will try to get up and walk over to the treat, but you want them to crawl, so use your command word to keep them crawling. If the dog makes any movement, give them a treat and praise them profusely.
Keep on doing this for short intervals, until your dog starts to move forward on his/her stomach, thus crawling towards the treat. Make sure to give a lot of praise.
Once your dog gets this trick, you can start to stand up and do the trick while you are standing up. In order to perform the trick standing up, your dog should be able to do the trick easily, moving several feet at a time. That’s it!
Here is a video of the trick in action. It is NOT ME in the video.