There are many tricks you can teach your cat if you have good treats and lots of patience. Try to teach tricks around meal times and give your cat treats, this might be the incentive they need to learn how to shake hands, or wave or sit, just like our furry dog friends.
Using a clicker for training purposes can work with a cat as well. Taking the time to learn how to use it with your cat can help in the long run and make learning tricks easier.
There are several videos showing tricks that cats have learned and how well they perform them. Know that these cats probably took a long time to learn these with a lot of patience and work from their pet parents.
Kizzy the Bengal cat. I love this video, it shows just what cats are capable of. Such a smart kitty!
Kaiser another Bengal cat. The tricks are amazing, such smart kitties and it’s fun to watch how proud they look after doing tricks.
Athena the Main Coon doing tricks. Such a sweet looking cat.
If you watch the videos, you will see the way that the pet parents have taught their cats the tricks. Just use them as a guide to teach your own tricks. It’s never the same way to teach them and use whatever will work for your cat!
Here is a great trick to teach your dog – how to bow.
It may be a good idea to teach this trick (and many other tricks) in stages. Sometimes it can be overwhelming for dogs to learn tricks all at once and teaching them in stages can help them to learn and retain the trick.
As always, patience is needed, treats in moderation, and short training intervals. Have fun and enjoy bonding with your dog!
Here is a video to teach your dog how to bow. It is not me in the video.
There isn’t a video this week for this trick, rather, there are step by step instructions on how to get your dog primed for running a course, agility training, and learning how far to push your dog and when to draw back and allow them to guide the course.
At any rate, here is the article. It will take time for your dog to get used to this, so please have patience and time, and many healthy treats. Lots of praise and love will go a long way in order to get your dog to do what you want him/her to do.
Have fun, enjoy the time you get to train and bond with your dog.
This trick is especially helpful to teach your dog when they want to go outside. Have a bell on a string by your door, and when your dog wants to go out to do their business, they can ring the bell and you can let them outside.
Your dog first needs to learn “touch”. If you put your hand out in front of your dog, they will (usually) instinctively touch your hand.
Keep sticking your hand out in front of you and every time your dog touches your hand, give them a treat. After they have that down pat, use the word “touch” as you stick your hand out.
Next, stick out different objects for your dog to touch, every time they touch it, give them a treat and praise them.
Now, bring out the bell and say “touch”. Your dog should now associate the word with the action. Give your dog a treat. The next time, the bell should make noise when your dog touches it. If you want them to really ring the bell loudly, say “touch, touch touch” or just say it in a more forceful, louder voice. The bell should be rung louder and the trick is learned.
Here is a video of the trick, it is NOT ME in the video. Remember to be patient and work at the trick at your dog’s pace. Sometimes dogs pick up tricks immediately, sometimes tricks take days, even weeks to learn. Take your time and have fun, learning tricks is a great bonding experience!
In sticking with the cat theme this week, I have a trick to teach all your kitties out there.
In order to make sure that your cat will be willing to have a learning session with you, make sure you try the trick a few hours before mealtime and have their most favorite treat handy.
Hold the treat out in your hand low enough to allow the cat to sniff it, but don’t let them eat any just yet.
Next stick out your other hand (that does not have treats in it) cupped palm upwards, just above eye level for your cat. Say to your cat “Shake” or “Give Paw”. Your cat should put his paw in your hand to actively search for the treat. If they do not, help the cat by putting their paw in your hand and say your word again as you do it.
If the cat puts their paw in your hand, treat them and give tons of praise and petting.
Continue to do this several times until the cat does it at least four or five times. Then your cat will have learned a great and entertaining trick! Space out your training sessions, always do them before a meal, and make the training sessions short. No more than about 4 minutes.
Here is a sweet video showing the trick in action. It is NOT ME in the video. Have fun, be patient and give your kitty lots of praise, your cat will get there and learn this trick if you give them lots of love and attention.
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.
So you decided to add a puppy to your forever family? Great! Is he/she potty trained/housebroken? No? Well now is the time to teach them proper potty methods.
First and foremost, you will need to be CONSISTENT and PATIENT. Puppy’s do their business wherever because that is what they do, it’s not something that they know that there is a place to do their business until YOU teach them where you want their business done.
Never ever slap, hit, or rub the puppy’s nose in his business if he goes inside. There will be mistakes, as it is a huge learning process for any puppy. In using physical punishment, you are teaching your puppy to be fearful of doing their business in front of you or doing their business at all. That is not what you are trying to accomplish.
First make sure to choose a spot outside that you want your puppy to use, kind of like having their own toilet.
Have a command word ready when you want them to finish up, something like “Go Potty” or “Hurry up”.
Know that a puppy should be taken outside about six times a day to do their business. They should be taken outside about 15 minutes after they finish eating. Puppies do not need to be free fed, they need to have a schedule and you need to be consistent with that schedule. Talk to your vet about a good feeding schedule and how much to feed.
Always praise profusely when your puppy goes outside. Also, a puppy cannot physically hold its waste until morning, so you will have to take your puppy outside at least once a night so that they can eliminate.
If you are unable to commit to a schedule like this, perhaps a puppy is not the first choice of a pet.
Dogs are able to handle a different schedule and do not require being let out as often.
There is a great article here about how to successfully train a puppy and then how to teach them to ring a bell every time they need to go out to do their business.
Good luck, be patient and soon you will have a fully housebroken pup!
Fairly easy trick, as long as your dog knows the command “down”.
You should also have a tennis ball handy and some treats your dog really loves.
First get your dog into the laying down position, while you are holding the ball and the treat.
Next, walk toward your dog a few steps at a time while saying “back.” Make sure that your dog starts to move backwards a few steps.
Once your dog takes several steps back (it may look like he’s hopping backwards), give the dog the ball and the treat and make sure to praise your dog for doing such a good job.
Always be patient and keep being consistent in trying. Your dog may get it right away, or it may take time. Don’t practice this trick for more than ten minutes at a time.
Another point to mention, it would probably be a good idea that your dog knows to bring the ball back to you in exchange for the treat. Some dogs will take off with the ball and not come back, so that’s a point to think about.
Again, I have a video of the trick in motion. It is NOT me in the video, but it will give you a better idea of what the trick should look like.
I’m sure we’ve all been there before – our wonderful little doggies are so excited to see us (or any company that comes over), they will jump up on you and scratch at your leg, beg for attention and jump some more.
This is undesired behavior and needs to be nipped in the bud. There are several methods to stop this from occurring every time you come home or company pops over for a visit.
Method #1 Ignore
If your dog is in front of you and they are getting ready to jump, the moment their feet leave the floor, turn your back on them. Dogs crave attention and crave positive attention and when you are not paying attention to them, they start to figure out that if they do the bad behavior, they won’t get any praise or attention from you.
If the dog continues and starts to paw or scratch at your legs, or runs around in front of you to try to jump again, turn your back on them again.
Keep on doing this until the dog decides he/she is going to do a more desired behavior such as sitting. Once the dog sits or does another desired behavior, praise them emphatically.
If this causes the dog to jump up and down, repeat turning your back on them until they resume the desired behavior and then praise them again.
Repeat until the dog is doing the behavior that you desire.
Method #2 Stop
Not my favorite choice, but it will work for some I suppose.
As your dog is jumping up, hold out your open hand palm facing down and push down on their face/nose and say “DOWN” as you gently push them to the floor/ground. Dog’s noses are sensitive and will not like the pressure you put on it and if you are consistent and do it every time the dog jumps, it should be successful.
Method #3 Sit
Make sure your dog knows the “sit” command. Whenever your dog goes to jump on you, tell him/her to sit.
If they continue to jump, turn your back on them and ignore them.
If the dog sits down, turn around and praise them highly. If they start to jump again, repeat saying “sit” and if that does not work, turn your back, until they understand they will not get praise or attention until they sit.
Method #4 Leash
Not a favorite method of mine, but it will work for some, I suppose.
Take your dog outside, leashed.
If your dog starts to jump up on you, in a firm voice say “NO” (but not too harshly, the dog will wonder why you are so angry so quickly).
With your dog facing you, put the leash on the ground and step on it, so that the next time the dog jumps, he will only get a few inches off the ground.
If the dog does not jump, make sure to treat them and praise them.
As always it is very important to be patient with your dog and not to harm them or hurt them. Give as much positive attention to them when they do something right. Have some of their favorite treats handy to moderately treat them when they do something good.