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Teaching Your Dog Tricks
December 1, 2019

Does your dog know any tricks? Our canine buddies are absolutely adorable when they are performing for us! Learning new things can actually be both fun and fulfilling for Fido. Here, a Portland, OR vet discusses teaching your pooch tricks.


First things first. Before teaching your canine buddy any tricks, make sure he knows basic obedience commands, like Sit , Stay , Come , Heel , and Lay Down . This is very important, both for safety reasons and for good manners.

Fun Tricks

When you think of dog tricks, you may think of classic ones like Roll Over and Shake . However, there are many other adorable tricks Fido can learn. Why not teach him to give kisses on command? You can also teach him to Bark , Beg , Smile , Play Dead , Turn In Circles , or Hide Your Eyes . Needless to say, these are all adorable! If you want to go all-out, you can even show your furry friend how to send you selfies. This one requires a big button, which you’ll attach to a camera that’s set to automatically text you all new photos. Look online for specific instructions.

Helpful Tricks

The tricks we mentioned above will always be cute. However, your furry pal can also learn some useful things. Why not teach Fido to put his toys away? Does your pooch hate having his paws handled? Show him how to Shake Paw ! Teaching him that he’ll get a yummy treat for giving you his furry foot may just change his mind! You can also teach your dog to fetch your remote or turn lights off and on. These more advanced tricks usually build on simpler ones. For example, before showing Fido how to bring you your remote, you’ll need to teach him to Fetch . The next step is to teach him the names of specific objects.


Patience and repetition are both key when it comes to training dogs. Work on one thing at time, and don’t move on until your pet has mastered each command. Of course, you’ll need to reward Fido for making progress. The best way to do that? Treats! Use small snacks, like bits of kibble, so you don’t overfeed him. Finally, try to work with your pup every day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your Portland, OR vet, today!

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