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Got Tricks?

Play Dead

List Of Tricks
Clicker Training
Training Tips
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Your dog has to know how to DOWN to learn this trick
Step 1: Have your dog lay down in front of you.

Step 2: With a treat in your hand, put it in front of your dog's nose and slowly move the treat to the side of your dog's neck (it could be right side or left side, it's your preference but it could be easier for your dog for one side). As your dog's nose follows the treat, he will lay down on his side.

Step 3: CLICK and Treat or Say BANG and give your dog a treat. Practice doing it a few times. (give the dog a treat while he's laying on his side)

Step 4: After some practices, do the same luring but this time, make sure that your dog's head is also touching the ground when you Click and Treat/ Say BANG and treat. Say Release word. Practice and Practice.

Step 5: Slowly add the Hand Signal (holding your fingers like a Gun)
and add the voice cue BANG.

Step 6: After your dog is able to lay down on his side with you only saying voice cue with hand signal, you can either
a) delay your CLICK and treat time so that your dog will stay in the position longer, or
b)  you can tell your dog to STAY, wait for a few seconds, say the release word and give your dog a treat.
The Hand Signal for Play Dead:
Holding your hand like a Gun and point it at your dog.

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