Join Date: Jun 2011
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Thanked 3,267 Times in 1,915 Posts
When you say "tricks" I think of fun entertaining things to teach the dog as opposed to basic obedience commands which the dog needs to learn to be well behaved and easy to live with. Some puppy training classes will teach mostly basic obedience but add in some tricks. The basic commands include sit, down, stay, come, wait, look or watch me, and some basic loose leash walking. Heeling follows loose leash walking. Off is a command that should be worked on as soon as the pup shows signs of jumping.
Shake or paw, is often the first trick puppies learn, then you can teach "other paw". Once they know wait you can teach them to wait with treats balanced on their paws or nose. Other good things to teach are touch and spin.
Sunfire's Amazing Grace, CGC, CCA, Pet Partner therapy dog, 9/12/2013 Zoe
, Rockwall Nantucket Breeze, BN, CGC, Delta therapy dog, 5/4/2008 - 10/28/2013 Zeke
, our introduction to the world of Golden Retrievers, 6/12/1997 - 12/18/2007