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Should You Train Your Dog to Do Tricks?

Every dog should know basic commands. Basic commands, like sit and stay, are typically related to keeping a dog and anyone, or anything; the dog interacts with happy and safe. For example: Dogs which are taught to sit can be commanded to sit down when someone comes into the door, to avoid the dog jumping over that person and potentially hurting them or making them uncomfortable. It is generally accepted that these basic commands are something every dog owner should teach their dog. The list of basic commands may vary depending on the breed of dog and, if applicable, their role—a sheep herding dog, for example, will have a different list of “basic commands” than a family pet.

Unusual_Dog_Tricks 1Basic commands are a necessity. But what about tricks? The distinction between a dog command and a dog trick can be a fine one. Dog tricks are generally defined as taught behaviors which are intended for entertainment and stimulation rather than social or physical necessity. For example: Dancing, shaking hands, and playing dead are common tricks taught to family pets. Teaching a dog to shake hands is not related to the well-being of anyone or animals which interact with the dog. However, teaching a dog to shake hands—or other tricks—can help strengthen the bond between a dog and its family, keep a dog mentally stimulated, and entertain the family as well.

Tricks might also be taught to dogs in order to have them perform in other ways. Dogs which are used in the entertainment industry, such as film, television, and theater are often taught complicated tricks to help coax a “performance” out of them that would not be possible using only basic dog commands. Some people also consider behaviors learned by service dogs, such as seeing eye dogs, to be tricks; although because their behaviors are related to the well-being of the person they are helping, these are generally considered a command and not a trick.

When faced with a dog, some dog owners may face the question: “Should I train my dog to do tricks?”

The answer will depend on the breed of the dog and the dog’s personality. Some dog breeds, such as Labrador retrievers, not only learn tricks easier than others, but they require mental stimulation to keep them content and happy. Teaching this type of breed new tricks is an easy and stimulating way to keep their minds and bodies occupied. Other breeds, however, such as the Pekingese, are more stubborn when it comes to being taught tricks; they may prefer to be mentally stimulated in other ways, such as being played with, rather than taught new trick commands.

If a dog owner notices that their intelligent dog is becoming restless and bored, teaching them new tricks can be a way to keep them occupied while strengthening the bond between the dog and the family. Teaching a dog tricks can also be an easy way to include children in raising the dog.

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