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How to train your dog to play dead

How to train your dog to play dead

How to train your dog to play dead

There are simple little tricks you can teach your dog to do. One of them is to train him to play dead. It is fun, and chances are you will love it just as much as he will.

You don’t need much to train your dog to play dead. All you need is a handful of some of his favourite treats and you are ready to have some fun time.

How to teach your dog to play dead

Start by praising your dog when you see him lying down naturally. After a few days, proceed by using cue word cues like ‘sleep’ each time you catch him resting.

It will be easy for you to train your dog to play dead if he has already mastered the down and stay commands. He should be able to lie down on command. Once that is mastered, you can proceed with the following:

  • Hold a treat close to your dog’s nose and try pulling it over to his side so that he is compelled to gently roll over onto the other side to take hold of his treat. It will be easier if your dog has already learnt to roll over onto his side.
  • Immediately, your dog lies on his side, praise him by repeating words like ‘good boy’ or ‘yes’. Then give him his treat. This is to make him understand that you are pleased with his accomplishment encourage him to react the same way the next time.
  • Try repeating the first two steps several times until your dog gets used to rolling over and lying on his side every time you tease him with a treat.
  • Next, add a cue word and a hand signal. The verbal command ‘bang’ is quite common, but you can use any other cue word that is simple for you to use and for your dog to understand. Add a hand signal to prompt your dog to keep lying down and play dead.
  • With the cue word and the hand signal, practice the steps above several times until your dog masters the skill.
  • Then practice several short sessions every day for a few minutes each time.

You can train your dog to lie down longer by delaying the treat once he lies over on his side. Instead of giving him a treat immediately he lies over on his side, wait for some few seconds before handing it over to him. Do this a few times until you succeed in making your dog lie down and play dead for a longer period.

Be patient with your dog and don’t rush through the steps too quickly. Otherwise, he will pick up mistakes which may be more difficult to correct later. If your dog makes several mistakes in a row, be sure to go back to the previous step and practice before you move on to the next step.

 

 

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