you can teach your dog.
by Dennis Fisher
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Teach your dog to wave goodbye to friends
is a fairly simple trick to teach your dog.
Leave your dog in the sit position and give the command
“wave” in a pleasant, encouraging voice.
Keep touching one of his paws until he lifts it up you without
touching him. Then
immediately reward the dog
with tasty morsel and praising him extravagantly at the same. “Good boy! That’s a
You can use any treat he likes. I
prefer to pieces of boiled
liver that have been browned in the oven so that they do not become
After he does this successfully a few times stop giving the dog the
reward but move your hand up and down as if you are waving,
You will find that he is eager
for his reward and will start doing the same thing as you.
He will start reaching out and try to touch your hand.
Then immediately praise him and reward him with the liver or
whatever food you have used.
Keep practicing using the same word over and over “Wave”. After
a while it will clear what is required of him and he will respond
without any food other reward, only your vocal praise.
used very much the same method when I was very young to teach one of my
dogs to scratch his nose. My
parents were very impressed. It was really very simple. I
discovered that by
blowing in his face he would immediately scratch his nose.
So I simply blew gently on his nose while he was sitting in front of me
and gave the command “Scratch
would immediately respond by rubbing his nose with his paw.
Immediately he did this I would reward him with a tasty treat.
He soon learned what was required of him. After a while no food
reward was necessary and he would respond immediately to my command.
was very happy to show off in front for my friends with this little
were intrigued with this demonstration.
was a useful lesson for me also, because I learnt that you can take
advantage of any natural habits a dog has and use this as the basis of a
the car keys!
One of my dogs was a very good natural retriever
and also had a very good
combined these two natural traits and taught him to find and fetch my
car keys wherever they happened to be.
started by using my car keys which were in a leather pouch as a retrieve
article and began practicing the exercise in the living room.
I would thrown the leather pouch containing the car keys a
short distance then give the dog the command:
Fetch the car keys! Instead of the customary “Fetch”.
The dog would immediately respond and
bring the leather pouch back to me.
My dog enjoyed the game so much there was no need for any reward.
A simple “That’s a good boy!” was
Afterwards I combined the exercise with the “find” command that is used in the search exercise.
While the dog was left in the sitting position and watching me,
I would place the keys under a cushion in the couch.
Initially I allowed him to see where I had placed the keys. Because he had seen me place the keys in this position,
he immediately knew where to find the keys so when I gave the
the command “Find
the car keys” he
would respond very enthusiastically, and would
burrow under cushion
and bring the keys to me. He
regarded as an exciting, enjoyable game and did not require much
dogs have a very good sense of smell.
In the case of this particular dog his sense of smell was
exceptional. I would
continue to hide this leather pouch but would do so, unobserved,
in other rooms in
would give the dog the command:
my car keys”. The
fact that I had changed the words of the command slightly was of no
words “Car keys” were
sufficient to set him in a wild search in every room of the house to
locate the leather pouch, which he would never fail to find.
was even able to hide the
keys in the jacket
or trousers pocket of a pair
of trousers hanging in the
dog would eventually locate them and bring them triumphantly to
me. Friends were amazed.
Afterwards the dog –who loved traveling
in the car with me – learnt to associate his actions
in finding the car keys, wherever they happened to be hidden,
with the trip I would immediately take him in the car. This was
far greater rewards than any food.
the mere mention of the words “car keys” would
immediately make him run around in a display of tremendous enthusiasm wagging his tail furiously
in anticipation of his reward.