We hope you are working hard on the first three tricks and the advanced options – Paw (other paw), Down (rollover) and Leave (leave on the floor). We’re going to add a few more basics to your repertoire, again with some advanced options.
1. Leg Weave, single and double
Ask your dog to sit in front of you and have a good treat in each hand. Lure your dog with the treat to follow one hand through your legs and have the other hand ready to continue the lure through your legs. Finish by bringing your dog round in front of you so that you are ready to start again with the other leg. If your dog is hesitant, work on one leg at a time to get him used to going between your legs. In time, build up to a constant weave through your legs.
2. High 5
Once you have mastered Paw, ask your dog to sit and give you Paw. While your dog is presenting paw, catch his paw and twist your wrist slowly so that your hand and paw are in a High 5 position. Capture this movement with the words “High Five” and practice until your dog knows what to expect.
Have your dog stood in front of you. Hold a treat at nose level and lead your dog round in a clockwise direction. As she follows say “Twist” and lead her round in a full 360 degrees.
Repeat the process for Twist above, but turn your dog in the other direction, anticlockwise, and say “Turn”.
3.3 Dance Around
Once you’ve mastered both Twist and Turn with your dog, you can combine the two to get your dog to dance around!