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Do you have any ideas for new tricks or commands to teach my dog?

Asked by lucillelucillelucille (34297points) February 4th, 2020

His current repertoire includes: Come, sit, stay, down, stand, heel, fetch, speak, shake, sing and take my shoe outside and hide it.
He is a talented individual that is looking for new opportunities to learn.
Any ideas?

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rebbel's avatar

The classic “play dead”?
With four legs up in the air?

Grab your tail.

Destroy my newspaper.

Play deaf.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel -I thought that was called “Flash People”!
My cats could teach him to play deaf. LOL

rebbel's avatar

Yeah, I got inspired by our cat.
He’s a pro at playing deaf.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@rebbel -Perhaps you need to give him time to let your words sink in?
or maybe he doesn’t wanna clean his room!

KNOWITALL's avatar

Second for playing dead, and possibly retrieving a soda can from the kitchen for you.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@KNOWITALL -I am not sure if he’s responsible enough to close the fridge but it would be a very handy trick.

KNOWITALL's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille I’m being selfish, too. My dogs let themselves in quite often, but never shut the door behind them. :)

longgone's avatar

Retrieving slippers or other handy items. Shutting doors. “Praying”. Finding lost items (keys, gloves…) on a walk. Play-bow on cue. Really fast “down” from a sprint. “Sit pretty”. “Roll over”. “Find it” – and you can incorporate teaching him to pull open certain drawers if you dare. “Go to your bed” – helpful when you need to open the door for fearful mailmen. “Give”, “leave it”, “weave through my legs”, “spin”.

Kikopup always has great ideas, complete with tutorial videos.

ucme's avatar

Have him sit right in front of you, close by, tap the side of your thigh while slowly swinging one finger in the direction you want him to go.
He should eventually run around you & return to the seated position he began, give treats & lots of praise obviously.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@longgone -He already plays around with latches and door knobs and has let himself outside before. I can’t encourage that.Lol
He does know go to bed & leave it-very handy, indeed.
“Find it” is a great idea. Thanks for the link too :)

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme -What does he do while he’s gone?
More importantly, what do I do while he’s gone?

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille He only takes a couple of seconds & you marvel at his new trick.
We’ve had dogs that did it & It’s a simple but neat little trick.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme I wonder if that would work with people?
bring back a sandwich

ucme's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille It very well might work.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@ucme-I just tried that with the mailman. I think it will work!

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Ooooh! Ooooh! I have a good one!

When it’s wet and messy outside, my brother’s dogs have to wipe their feet when they come in. The 40 pound boxer is easy, I can pick her up and slide all four feet across the big old rug/doormat. The 100+ pound labrador is more of a challenge. But he loves the attention. He won’t leave the back entry until he gets his feet done.

It would be super cool if they came in and made a show of wiping their feet themselves.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@Call_Me_Jay -That would be! As it is, he’ll go into the shower if I tell him to but I still have to mop his prints though.

Brian1946's avatar

Reduce canine overpopulation, by teaching him the art of self-pleasurement. ;-p

kritiper's avatar

Teach your dog to speak. When he/she wants back in the house, tell the dog, without opening the door, to speak. When the dog barks, open the door. In no time the dog will bark to be let in and will not scratch at the door. This was the best trick I ever taught my dog.
Worst trick? To shake hands! Dirty paws, sharp claws, ...

Call_Me_Jay's avatar

Reduce canine overpopulation, by teaching him the art of self-pleasurement. ;-p

They can lick their own crotches.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

@kritiper -He does speak on command and shakes too but no scratching at the door. I taught one of my dogs to ring a bell when she had to go out.
She abused that skill by ringing the bell for ridiculous reasons (IMO)

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