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Soon your dog will be a willing cooperator. Now you can practice some variations on the theme.

HIGH-FIVE

Gradually rotate your hand until your fingers are pointed up and your dog is slapping your open palm!

WAVE

When your dog is hitting the mark consistently, hold your hand back a few inches, and as he lifts his paw, say WAVE as you wave at him.

Want to teach wave at a distance?

First, practice in a quiet area using STAY to gain distance one foot at a time. Say WAVE as you gesture, initially praising your dog for the slightest lift of a paw. Treat and praise generously when starting out.

My dog gets so excited when I ask for a high five, he paws me with both feet! What am I doing wrong?

Nothing, perhaps. Say HIGH FIVE in a normal tone, as he'll pick up on your excitement, and hold a hand in front of one leg to block it. Also consider a HIGH TEN!

OVER Q

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There's no debating that dogs love to jump. To give your dog an appropriate outlet, teach him OVER and all its variations.

O Set a broomstick over two low obstacles.

2 Take your dog to it and let him sniff it.

3 Walk back five paces and say OVER as you run with your dog on-leash and over the hurdle.

4 Continue until your dog feels safe enough to run and jump by himself.

5 Toss toys to encourage him to go over the jump alone.

6 Gradually increase the height of the jump, but do not raise it above his elbow until he is more than one year old.

Teach your dog to jump through a hoop, your arms, or a tire swing.

1 Ask a helper to hold a hoop against the broom obstacle from the OVER trick. Toss the toy through the hoop and say THROUGH instead of OVER.

2 Repeat this step until your dog feels comfortable jumping through the circle.

3 Gradually lower the broom until it lies on the floor.

4 Begin taking the hoop to various locations and saying THROUGH to direct your dog through any loop.

To teach your dog to bring things to you, do not take things away from him when he does. He will lose interest. Instead, make a big deal of praising your dog for coming back to you with the object. If you need to take the object away, give him a handful of treats or show him a more tempting substitute. For now, follow these techniques:

To teach your dog to bring things to you, do not take things away from him when he does. He will lose interest. Instead, make a big deal of praising your dog for coming back to you with the object. If you need to take the object away, give him a handful of treats or show him a more tempting substitute. For now, follow these techniques:

O Take your dog into a small room or hallway. Toss an object and let him interact with it. Sit on the floor and cheer him on. If he comes to you, scratch his sides playfully and let him know how proud you are. Say BRING only when he is by your side.

2 Once your dog is enjoying this game and is interacting with you with the toy in his mouth, take him to a larger room or a long hallway. Toss the object and wait for him to grasp it in his mouth. Now call his name as you run away from him clapping your hands. Say BRING as he joins you, and praise him enthusiastically.

3 Begin to use the same runaway technique in larger areas, saying BRING the moment your dog grasps the object. Remember to give him a treat or exchange the object with another if you must remove it from his mouth.

Teach your dog the command GIVE. When your dog hears this command, he will spit out whatever is in his mouth. Fill a cup with treats, use a clicker to emphasize this routine when possible, and follow these steps:

1 Approach your dog while he is chewing on a toy or eating his food. Say GIVE as you approach, shaking a treat cup or pressing your clicker. Remember to offer a treat after each click. Soon, your dog will look up as you approach. Also use this technique if your dog has one of your possessions in his mouth. (See page 186 for suggestions on inappropriate chewing.)

2 Toss a toy for your dog. Approach him as he plays with it, shaking the cup or clicking.

3 Now join the directions BRING and GIVE. Start in a small room and progress to an open area. Toss a toy and run from your dog as you say BRING. When he reaches you, say GIVE as you click/treat. Phase off treating intermittently, but always praise your dog's cooperation enthusiastically.

SPEAK

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and SHHH

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Is your dog vocal? Teach him to do two things on cue: bark and stop barking.

Is your dog vocal? Teach him to do two things on cue: bark and stop barking.

1 Prompt your dog to bark. Bait him with an object, bark at him, ring the doorbell-whatever works.

2 As he barks, say SPEAK and flash a snazzy hand signal.

3 After one to three barks, say YES and offer him a treat.

4 Continue this exercise until he learns the signal.

5 Teach him SHHH! As you feed him the treat, say SHHH-GOOD.

6 Practice SPEAK and SHHH together, varying the numbers of barks between the two.

Teaching your dog to sit still may seem like an impossible task, but once he learns the commands DOWN and STAY, you're only a few lessons away from this clever trick.

1 Instruct DOWN and pat your dog gently until he's calm.

3 Gently scratch under his ears and guide his head to the floor.

4 When he is in the "dead dog" position, instruct STAY-PLAY DEAD.

5 Gradually increase the duration your dog must lie still before releasing him with OKAY and a reward and praise.

This trick is fun for everyone—dogs who are agile enjoy flipping over. It's fun to teach, and it's a great crowd-pleaser!

Note: Before teaching this trick to your dog, ask yourself: Does my dog enjoy rolling onto his back? If so, proceed. If not, choose another trick to perform.

1 Instruct DOWN and pat your dog until he rolls to one side.

2 Take a treat and guide his head over his back by drawing an invisible line from under his chin to behind his ear.

3 Help his legs over and praise him wildly for achieving the goal.

4 Continue to spot him like a gymnast until he's eagerly participating.

5 Gradually move him into a standing position, waving your arms in a motivational, sweeping signal.

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