Training a Keeshond to Do Tricks

  • 22/11/2010
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Many people who own Keeshond's teach the breed to do some great tricks. Aside from being agility trained, the breed can do many other fascinating tricks. What we think of as tricks are merely considered to be fun and play for the Keeshond. The dogs have their own special tricks, as well as ones that owners can teach them. Because the breed gets bored easily, an owner should not try to make them perform all the tricks in rapid succession, they will end up being frustrated and refuse to listen. Keeshond are natural performers, as well as naturally clownish as they try their best to please their owners.

Keeshonds enjoy learning simple tricks like roll over, shake, and can flip and devour a dog treat from the tip of their nose. The dog is also adept at getting their lead and taking themselves out for a "walk." The bodily ability of a Keeshond allows them to stand up erect on their back legs and do a little jig. The dog enjoys performing tricks for a treat, which is their primary motivation for doing tricks in the first place. You can also teach the dog to put away their toys, which is an actual trick in getting them to do it.

Keeshonds love to show off! They can be taught to jump the fence and get a ball and jump right back over the fence again. Though this is an adorable trick, they can also decide to hike the fence at will, with practice. The Keeshond is an agile and flexible breed, doing many tricks in the show ring is another activity the dogs enjoy. Running, tunneling, jumping and searching for objects are just some of the more difficult tricks the dogs can learn. You can easily teach your Keeshond to do simple and even complex tricks with time, patience and training.

Once you decide to train your Keeshond to perform tricks, you should begin with the easy ones like shake, dance and play dead. These tricks can be more easily taught if you use a food reward to motivate the dog. Once you have mastered a few of the simpler tricks, you can move on to more difficult ones, but it depends on whether or not the dog has mastered the easier ones. Keeshonds have a mind of their own and may prefer doing one type of trick over another, they set their own pace and preference.

You should never expect your Keeshond to master tricks in one day or expect them to perform for long periods of time. The dog can grow frustrated and will easily be distracted, doing something they more enjoy. The dog wants to please its owner, but you have to give them motivation and attention as well. Even if the trick is attempted and takes a few times to perfect, you should still reward the dog for making an effort. If you do not provide a reward for the Keeshond, they are likely to give up entirely. With time and patience, you can train your Keeshond to do a wide variety of tricks and make the most of their natural performing abilities.

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