How to teach your Dog Tricks ( 10 Basic Tricks)

How to teach your dog tricks

If you have a dog in your home and want healthy bonding, teach them some tricks. Tricks are like puzzles to the dogs, and teaching those tricks is a challenge for both the dog and you. Teaching a specific trick tries to follow a mantra that is some particular action or reward. This can indicate to the dog that he is doing what his master wants him to do. Timings and consistency are everything. Follow the same action every time the dog follows the trick and instantly rewards him with a loving pat on his back. Teaching a dog is a difficult task, but do not worry. We will tell you a complete guide on how to teach your dog tricks.

How to teach your Dog Tricks ( 10 basic Tricks)

You also wanted to teach your dog some basic tricks and you are wondering how? You are in the right place now. We will let you know how to teach 10 basic tricks to your lovely dog.

1. Kiss: 

dog kissing

Your dog may kiss you unlimitedly during your day, but now you can kiss your dog on command.

Step 1: Keep yourself ready with sticky tape, a clicker, and a treat for your dog.

Step 2: Stick a piece of tape on the one hand and hold a clicker on your other hand.

Step3: Click the clicker immediately when the dog touches the tape that sticks to your hand. And after the action, treat her immediately with her treat

Step 4: Repeat the process several times.

Step5: Now specify the action with the name “kiss” and repeat the above procedure.

Step 6: Now stick that tape on your cheek and keep giving the command and treating her.

Step 7: Now, try it without the tape.

After this practice, you’ll have kisses from your dog on command.


This is one of the most complicated tricks to do with your dog. Sometimes it needs some extra patience to teach your dog to bark on command.

Step1: Keep yourself ready with some treats.

Step 2: Give your pet a treat of her choice at first. She barks naturally.

Step3: Follow the procedure every time the dog barks.

Step4: Now try to command her “bark” and notice whether she barks or not if she did give a treat and a friendly pat

Step5: Practice the technique several times.

3. Shake hands:

Shake hand is one of the cutest jesters a pet can ever do. It looks so fascinating when a dog shakes his paw at your command.

This trick is straightforward to teach.

Step 1: Keep yourself ready with a treat. All the dogs naturally habit to place their paw on their master’s hand.

Step 2: Entertained her with her treat whenever the dog places her paw on your hand.

Step 3: Now try to practice with the command “shake hand” and entertain her every time she responds perfectly.

Step 4: Repeat the procedure several times.


While fetch is a classic game, it doesn’t come naturally to the dogs. It is a trick that has to be learned. Teaching this trick is tricky because some dogs are sometimes not interested in the toys. They fetch the toy, don’t bring it back, and do certain things.

Step 1: It is first essential to make your dog interested in fetching the toy; try to choose a toy that looks attractive. Your dog will run towards the beautiful toy and then teach the fetch game to her.

Step 2: Place the toy infringe of the dog and let it play for some time with that toy.

Step 3: Once the dog starts playing with that toy, throw it away. When the dog fetches the toy, pull her backward and entertain her with some treats. Repeat the process several times.

Step 4: Now, try the same procedure with a command.

Step 5: Practice it again and again. This may take a longer time in comparison to the other tricks.

5. Rollover:

 Rollover may seem like a difficult trick to teach, but it is a simple one to do. Teach your dog the following precise steps.

Step 1: Keep yourself ready with an easy-to-eat treat for your dog.

Step 2: Supply the treat to your dog when she lays on the ground at first.

Step 3: Offer her a treat the second time when she lays backward and the third time again when she rolls to the forward sleeping position.

Step 4: Repeat the process several times until your dog learn the tricks

6. Play dead:

Play dead is a great trick to impress your family and friends. However, unlike the simple commands of shaking hands and sitting, this trick may take a while and is laborious teaching. Both the dog and the master need some patience in teaching this trick. Follow the following steps to make your pet perfect for playing dead.

Step 1: Get yourself ready with a treat.

Step 2: Reinforce the base position and teach him to relax naturally. Once he does so give him some treats.

Step3: Supply the treats from head to their shoulder, so he learns how to get a perfect position.

Step 4: Now add a command of release, doing that same procedure.

Step 5: Repeat the procedure several times until the dog learns the trick.

7. Spin:

Getting your dog to spin on command is a very known dog trick. At first, it looks so complicated to get your dog to turn, but it can be learned quickly once started.

Step 1: Keep yourself ready with the treat and a clicker

Step 2: Supply the treat at the beginning of the spin and then feed the treat when the spin round gets completed. Immediately click the clicker when the spin gets completed.

Step 3: After practicing several times, try to do it with the “spin” command while feeding the first treat and end the spin with pleasure and a click.

Step 4: Repeat the procedure several times until the dog gets professional.

8. Stand on hind legs: 

This trick may seem challenging to teach, and some people, while preparing it, lose hope and leave it to a professional trainer. However, this is not that difficult if you are a persistent and patient trainer.

Big or small any dog can do the trick if its parent is determined. Follow the following steps for your dog in the scheme:

Step 1: First of all, teach how to stand tall. Feed the treat at the point on the dog’s head where he stands straight upright.

Step 2: Make it a little more complicated once you succeed in making him stand upright. Now feed the treat at the top of her head in a slightly higher position, so she struggles to fetch the charm and stand on her hind leg.

Step 3: Do the exact several times.

Step 4: Now build the duration of her stand by keeping the treat on her head for a longer time.

Step 5: Now make the feeding less obvious, so the fog learns to do the trick without the food.

Step 6: Practice the same procedure with a command now.

9.Sit pretty:

Making your dog sit pretty is a cute trick with your pet. This will help you take fascinating photos of your dog and build the muscles in your dog too.

Follow the following procedure for teaching the trick to your dog.

Step 1: Try to teach the trick on a rough surface so that your dog don get a slip.

Step 2: Keep the treat on your dog’s nose and keep it there until she doesn’t get the correct position. Once he achieves so, click the clicker and say” yes.”

Step 3: Most dogs don’t have mussels, so this trick may take longer than the others that have build-up muscles.

Step 4: Reaper the simple processors several times and practice the trick by making the treatment less evident to the dog.

10. Hug:

 Naturally, dogs have the habit of putting their paws around you, but how adorable it is to have a hug from your loved pet on demand. This trick is a simple and easy trick to teach and learn. Follow the following procedure for preparing the scheme for your dog.

Step 1: First, teach the dog how to sit pretty.

Step 2: Now, when she learns how to sit, start the hugging action. Keep her in the pretty sit position, hug her with her paws on your shoulder, click the clicker and feed her a treat.

Step 3: Do the procedure several times to have accuracy.

Sometimes your dog doesn’t get comfortable when you hug her or keep your head on hers on the point, leave the practice behind and wait for another suitable day to practice that trick.


What are the five easy tricks for dogs to teach?

The easiest tricks to teach are:

  • High five
  • Shake hand
  • Sit pretty
  • Spin
  • Bark (speak)

At what age should you start teaching your dog tricks?

Young puppies have a minimal attention span, so don’t expect so much from the tiny ones. The professional training session starts at the age of 6 months.

Why are tricks training important?

Most professional trainers train their dogs every week. Teaching tricks to your dogs is important because

  • It exercises the mind of the animal
  • It gives a mental break to both you and your pet
  • Keeps you positive
  • Strengthen your bond with your dog
  • Exposure to new training techniques

Mind exercises: In the case of mental training, the scenario is similar to humans’. We start teaching our children some little things from childhood that will help them grow their minds afterward. The same is for the dog. Conducting some basic tricks from the beginning makes them sharp, and they’ll learn the complicated tricks with little effort later. Tricks teaching makes their minds bloom more healthily.

Mental break: In a master and dog’s bond, a time arrives when dogs start avoiding their master and walking away from them. Have you ever wondered why this happens? This is because you may be struggling with something even challenging for the dog itself, and the dog’s brain gets exhausted. Other times you may be working on a thing that she has down-pat, and she says enough is enough and walks away from you.

In both cases, if you break up their tedious behavior and try to do the same thing in a friendly manner, the dog will remain engaged in the activity for a longer time. This technique makes trick teaching a fun activity for you and your dog.

Strengthen the bond: Most appealing thing about the trainer, and the dog is that it can strengthen your bond. When you teach your dog with fewer rules and award her more, this practice will bring her closer to you. Your positive attitude during the training is another critical factor in strengthening the bond.

“A happy trainer has a happy dog.”

New techniques: While training your dog some new tricks, you will encounter many teaching methods as every dog has a different mental capacity and picking like that of human humans. Trying other techniques for your dogs will expose you to different styles that you will guide to your friends and family who have dogs in their homes.

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It is observed that teaching tricks to dogs is not an uphill task to do if you are patient and persistent. Just what you have to do is to keep your mind cool while teaching and adopt friendly behavior.

Teaching tricks to your dog is healthy for your dog and a mind fresher for you.

Don’t consider yourself the master of your dog; instead, keeps your dog the closest to you.

“When I needed a hand, I find your paw.”

Dr. Louise Cosgrove

Dr. Louise Cosgrove

veterinarian for 10+ years currently running a veteran house and I am here to serve my knowledge over the internet.

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