July 26, 2010

Top Tricks to Teach Your Cat

Filed under: Pet Tricks — Dr. Amber Reed @ 8:23 am

When we think of pet tricks, few of us consider tricks for cats.  Indeed, it is usually our dogs that we take the time to teach tricks but the fact is, cats are highly intelligent creatures and they are also more than capable of learning tricks.  Nonetheless, because of their independent nature, cats can be a bit more challenging to teach as they need to see the inherent reward in these activities.  But, with consistency and patience, you can teach your cat some fun tricks and in the meantime you’ll get more time to bond with your cat and improve your relationship.  Here are the top tricks to teach your cat.

  1. Sit.  Teaching a cat to sit is quite similar to teaching a dog.  First, put your cat on a table or counter and pet her until she is comfortable.  Next, show your cat some kind of reward, like a treat, while you give the command to sit.  As you repeat the command, hold the treat above your cat’s head and move it slightly behind their head.  Most cats will naturally sit in this situation because as they follow the treat with their eyes, they will lean back and sit for better balance.  Finally, when your cat is in the sitting position, say “good sit” and give her the treat.  Repeat this strategy several times over the next few days to teach your cat to sit.
  2. Come.  Simply call your cat to “come” when she is a good distance away.  When your cat begins to approach you show her a treat and call her to come again.  When she reaches you say “good come” and give her the treat.
  3. Wave.  Grab a treat and hold it in the palm of your hand in front of your cat’s nose but just out of her paw’s reach.  Say “wave” and move the treat back and forth as if you are waving with the treat.  While reaching for the treat, your cat’s paw will naturally wave, at this point say “good wave” and give your cat the treat.  Repeat this command until your cat waves for no treat.

July 22, 2010

Top Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Filed under: Pet Tricks — Dr. Amber Reed @ 10:20 am

Owning a dog is an important responsibility and one aspect of that responsibility is training.  Obviously, house training is vital and you also want to teach your dog the difference between inappropriate and appropriate behavior.  For example, dogs might make a mess of the garbage or chew your shoes so training them that this is wrong becomes very important.  On the other hand, training is a great way to bond with your dog and, more specifically, learning tricks can be a fun way to get closer to your dog.  Here are the top tricks and some tips for teaching your dog.
dog shake a paw

  1. Shake a Paw
    Shake a paw is of course, one of the oldest tricks that dog owners teach their dogs and its quite simple for dogs to learn.  Simply have your dog sit and say the command “shake a paw.”  At this point, you should take their paw into your hand and hold it while you say “good shake.”  Let go of their paw and repeat.  If you repeat this command several times every day your dog will eventually learn to shake when he hears the command.
  2. Wave
    After you’ve taught your dog to shake, you can teach him this nifty little trick.  While facing your dog, hold your hand out like you’re planning on shaking his paw.  When your dog lifts his paw, don’t take it, rather say “wave” and give him some kind of reward.  Again, repeat this trick several times over multiple days until your dog waves on command.
  3. Turning Around
    Teaching your dog to turn around is very simple.  Stand with your dog facing you and show him a treat.  While standing, say the command “turn around” and move the treat in a circular motion over your dog.  Most dogs will follow the treat and physically turn around.  When your dog is facing you again give him a verbal reward and the treat.  Eventually, you’ll want to stop leading your dog with the treat so he turns on command.
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