Time to take your pup back to school
These days you can almost smell the crisp Fall air. Most of the kids in your neighborhood are preparing their bags, packing them full of books, pads and pencils, getting ready for the new school year. That means that in just a few weeks when the children will head back to school, you’ll finally have a few moments to yourself… and your pup.
The start of the new school year is the perfect time to lavish your dog with attention and, why not, even teach him some new commands and tricks. This way, your four-legged friend will also become a student, sticking to the “back to school” theme.
Here are some tips on how to teach your pup some simple commands.
Teach him his name
Although this is a pretty basic command, it is essential that your dog gets it right. You’ve probably seen lots of dogs that don’t come to their owners when they call their name, which may lead to incidents and problems.
In order to teach your pup that his name is, let’s say, Spike, you’ll need treats and patience. Start by saying his name and giving him his favorite food when he reacts to it. Move a little further and repeat. When he comes to you, “treat” him. You can also add a “Good boy!” and a pat on his back. He’ll learn his name and to come to you when he hears it, in no time.
Teach him the fetch game
Most dogs will love to chase the object that you throw. It is in their nature to chase things that are jumping around near them. But usually, after reaching the thrown toy, they’ll nibble it a little and leave it there. If you want Spike to bring the toy back, start by calling him, when he has the toy in his mouth. You’ll need a lot of patience, but eventually, he’ll come with it to you. When he does, offer him treats and encourage him that he did the right thing.
Throw the toy again, and repeat. While this game is a little harder to master, you’ll eventually have a dog that chases and brings back the objects that you throw.
Teach Spike to sing
Having a dog that sings is the cutest thing ever. Now, you must consider the breed of pup that you own, before deciding if he might become an opera singer, or if he’s more of a mime. For example, everybody knows that Huskies or Samoyeds are great singers, while you may never hear a Greyhound’s or a Frenchie’s voice.
But if you own a breed that loves to hear himself bark, try teaching him to sing. Choose a song that you love, turn the volume up, bring your pup near you, and start yelling the lyrics. Make sure your neighbors are not at home and repeat. Try throwing in a howl and when Spike finally speaks, and trust us, he will, pat him on the back and give him a treat. Soon, you’ll have your own soprano, singing with you every time you’re in a mood for a concert.
And there you have it, three simple tricks that you’ll be able to teach your pup in just a few weeks. This way, he’ll start school season, along with your children.