I teach my dogs pretty much everything they need to know via tricks. Afterall, agility, obedience, tracking, disc dog… – it’s all just another dog trick.
Tricks train them to think, to use their body and mind. Tricks teach them that there is no difference between working and playing and gives them the right attitude. Teaching tricks teaches them that they’re the smartest dogs in the world, that there are no mistakes and no failure, that trying things is good. Tricks give them confidence in their thinking abilities and moves, improve their strength, balance and coordination. Tricks build a bond between me and them and create a deeper understanding for them how I think and for me how they think. Tricks make them feel important, smart, confident, needed and bonded with me.
Tricks are very important for young dogs as they learn to use their body and mind that way. They’re also great for cross training of competing dogs, it keeps all the muscle active and strong and prevents injuries. And it’s especially great for old dogs, as tricks keep them mentally and physically active and that’s what keeps them young and healthy.
AND they don’t take much time, space or equipment, so you don’t have any excuse not to teach some tricks to your dog!
Here is the right place to post your videos to give us some ideas, to ask questions on “how to” or ask for a suggestion if you get stuck somewhere on a way.
Here comes one of my favourite videos:
To learn more about tricks, please see my training DVDs on tricks.