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I find our min pin is much happier when I keep him challenged by learning new things. So far I've taught him sit, down, wave (with both hands), high five.

He never really got the roll over thing or the sit pretty thing, I think it's hard for him because he's so long and gangly.

He also knows "leave it" but I'm furthering it by teaching him to leave a treat on the ground right in front of him while looking at me (not the treat) until I say OK! He's almost got that one.

He sort of knows how to crawl on his belly and walk on his hind legs but I wouldn't call it a trick, it's just him following a treat lure.

He started putting his toys back into his toy box on his own so we're rewarding that right now, kind of a trick he taught himself lol

What are some other tricks I could teach?
 

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You've already got some good ones!

Here are some ideas:
stay (long distance stay, down stay with you dancing around behind him, ...)
spin
walk backwards
weave (walk through your legs)
touch (touches your hand or an object with his nose or paw)
stand

here's a link for really amazing videos and more ideas:
http://www.silvia.trkman.net/
click on videos, then tricks
 

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oh ya that reminds me, he does know spin, but he does it half heartedly lol. i tried teaching him "stick em up!" and getting him to put both paws in the air this morning, he kind of got it then got bored 1 minute later lol. i'll wait till he's a little hungrier to try it later
 

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Hi, you have some good tricks already, how did you do the double wave ? i have just taught my dog to bow down, its something he does automatically himself when he gets up in the morning and stretches, i just gave it a name and gave him a treat when he did it.
 

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well, first i taught him the high five which was easy cause he does a lot of stuff with his front paws. then i taught him to wave with his left paw, always using my right hand to cue it (so it was like a mirror). then i used my other hand to cue it one day, and he waved with his left so I kept asking and he did it with the other paw so he got it pretty fast.

then to teach the double wave (or the "stick em up!") i just used both hands at the same time. he kind of gets it but he jumps up in the air with his hands up and then puts his front paws on me, it's hard for him to balance I think. i'll keep trying but i don't know if he can do it cause he's a gangly fellow :)

if he gets the stick em up i'll teach him "bang" where he lays on his side. that one might be hard because he doesn't like to do anything in that position like rolling over etc
 

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How do you teach a high five? I am just starting out training. I bought Pamela Dennison's book and am going by that, but when we get the basics down i want to train that.

Thanks!
 

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i just did it by holding a treat in my hand and doing the hand signal and then touching his paw, then giving him the treat. then i started doing the hand signal and holding my hand up so he'd put his paw on my hand and he'd get the treat.

to do the waving from that was easy, i just held my hand further away from him so he'd paw the air.
 

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LOL! My dad said that when he was on the police force, someone asked one of the dogs if he would rather be chief of police or a dead dog, the dog played dead. :D
 

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I taught Cuinn to raise his paw when someone asks "who wants a _______"

its a real crowd pleaser especially when there are numerous dogs sitting there and you hold the biscuit and say "who wants a biscuit"
and Cuinns paw shoots right up.......

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I LOVE that! That is ingenious!!!
 

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I have seen min pins sit pretty. My old doxie would sit pretty, wave with both paws, lay, stay, sit, speak, roll over, and when you would tell him bedtime, he would run in the bedroom, get under the covers on the bed and wait for us to come.

sitting pretty was easy once he got it, and learned to balance himself. Then he would sit pretty for anything, from treats, wanting to go outside, to wanted to be picked up.
 

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Sounds like you have got some great tricks down already. I love teaching my dog tricks, he loves it also cos he gets fed. He pretty much knows the basics, in terms of sit, lay, roll over, stand, bow, stay etc.

The harder ones like bringing toys by names he is starting on, he already knows a couple. He has a toy penguin which he has almost destroyed, but 'Get Pingu' works and 'Get chew toy', still a couple of more to do though.

Someone mentioned above the stick them up and play dead combination, which is brilliant to see and show off to people. I took it a step further with me shaping my hand as a gun and pointing it at him to get his paws up, he struggles a bit on when I make a gun blast and firing action with my hand though, however, he has done it a couple of times, looks absolutely brilliant, if I start training dogs full time, I'll put a little show on in the middle of it just to show how brilliant he is.

Another good one after you have taught him to speak, is to teach him quiet. Chinook can now speak and hush on demand, another great little party trick.

I'm currently trying to teach him to walk dogs himself, cos he's a strong sled dog, he has no problem keeping next door's Labrador in check, he is slowly but surely getting the hang of it and again, it would be brilliant if I could get him to walk someone's dog around a course or something during a training lesson.

It's best to keep each session to a managable 5-10 minutes and do it 2-3 times a day, just to keep them constant with it. You have to make it fun for the dog, if the dog is bored, he won't learn a thing. So keep it short and keep it fun and constant. Be very patient also, some dogs click onto it straight away where as some need a little more studying, same as us 2 legged beasts.

If you do a lot of training, buy hot dogs and slice them up and then quarter the slices, boil them if you find them too greasy. It's very very cheap and most dogs will do anything for them, no dog will dance for you if you have some treat he doesnt like.

If you want to get some tips and instructions on some tricks, go to:

http://www.loveyourdog.com/tricks2.html

Some good tricks as well as short videos to show you how to do it.

Remember, timing is everything when teaching tricks, the dog needs to be able to associate the treat with what they just did, they do what you want them to do without them knowing, the secret is to praise them everytime they do something you like with a treat, a game of tug or fetch and they will soon learn that doing that same action will result in a reward.

Also remember as you do the tricks that each time the dog is successful, make it longer and longer and limit the treats/rewards as you go along, so that they will learn eventually to hold that position and or to do the trick without expecting a treat (although, you should always praise them, that'll be reward enough eventually).

Happy teaching!
 
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