Dogs who can do tricks are fun to watch – you can impress your friends and family and make them laugh. But the question is, can you teach your golden retriever to learn and do the 8 simple dog tricks in this article?
Of course you can! You just have to have commitment and patience when teaching your dog. The dog tricks we will teach you in this article are not only simple, but it will help strengthen the bond between dog and trainer.
First, get your dog in a sit-and-stay position then say the “beg” command. Position a food decoy just about the level of your dog’s nose. Your golden will raise his front paw off the ground to reach for the food. If your dog hops, lower the food decoy and move it a bit towards the back. It may be a lot easier if you teach this trick by a corner of your house so the dog can recline on the wall to keep his balance while raising his paw.
While your golden retriever is in a standing position, place the food decoy at the level of your dog’s snout, then bit by bit, move the decoy downwards up to the level of his front paw. Your dog will drop his forequarters up until his elbow and breastbone brushes the ground. Let him stay in the bow position for a couple of seconds, then reward him with a dog treat to pull him back in a standing-up position.
3. Bang / Play Dead
First, get your golden in a lie-down-stay position. This position may be hard at first because he will most likely stand back up again, therefore, you might have to hold him down for a couple of seconds until he gets the idea. Don’t forget his reward and praises. Once your dog can master the lie-down-stay position, it’s time to say the word “bang” or “play dead”. You can add sounds or actions while saying the trick word, but just be consistent with your words to avoid confusion.
Start by making your dog sit-and-stay in front of you. Move the food decoy just about the level of his head so that the he can stand on his back legs. Slowly increase the amount of time your dog stands on his back legs. As soon as the golden retriever can balance for several seconds while standing on his back legs, say the word “dance” as he may then be tempted to walk straight on or to move in a circular motion. Repeat the “dance” command until your dog can understand the trick.
This dog trick will teach your dog to retrieve the item you want him to get. Use an item that he usually plays with like a squeaky toy or his tennis ball. Don’t forget to put a leash on your golden retriever so that you can pull him close just in case he doesn’t come back to you.
Throw the item a short distance and say the word “fetch”. When your dog takes the item, reward and praise him with a dog treat, and then take the item away. Repeat this a couple of times, then throw the item again. When your golden retriever chases the item, immediately reward and praise him again. Keep repeating this process until your dog can consistently understand it. After a while, it’s time to teach your dog to actually give the item back to you. You will need 2 items this time. Throw the first item and let him get it.
Once he picks up the first one, ask him to come back to you while the object is still in his mouth and then ask him to drop the item. Display the second item and toss it in another direction. Most likely, your golden retriever will drop the first item to run after the second one. If your golden retriever stops and releases the item before getting to your position, move away and say “Bring it.” Once he gets to the spot where you were positioned, praise and reward him, then throw the item again. Sooner or later, he’ll pick up the idea of fetch training.
Go down on your knees on the floor and get your dog in a sitting position. Slowly raise your dog’s paws then set them on your shoulders and then say “hug.” Reward him right away if he follows your instructions. Discharge him from the hugging position by saying “okay” and help him go back to a sit-and-stay position. Repeat the process until he masters the trick.
Get your golden retriever in a lie-down position on the floor with a food decoy really close to his body. Command him to “rollover” while moving the food decoy backwards on one side of its snout to the upper part of its neck and above its shoulders. When your dog turns over on its side then back, continue stirring the food decoy so that he will entirely rollover in the lie down spot all over again. As soon as your golden retriever has understood this trick, you can proceed teaching him to rollover in the opposite direction using the same procedure.
8. Turn Around
Get your golden retriever positioned in a stand-and-stay pose facing you. Place an item (any item that can attract his attention) over your dog’s head then move the item in a circular motion. By doing the rotating motion with an enticement above his head, your dog will follow that direction and turn around as you want him to do. Once your golden picks up the turn around lesson, you can now teach him to turn the other way by moving the item in the opposite direction. Don’t forget to praise and reward him when he follows your instructions.
And there you have it, 8 simple dog tricks you can teach your golden retriever so that you can impress your family and friends. Spending time with your dog and teaching him to listen to your commands is a very important step in being a responsible dog owner. Furthermore, this process can be very enjoyable and helps establish a level of trust between dog and owner.
Remember, always praise and reward your golden retriever for every successfully followed instruction. Teaching your dog any trick can be frustrating, but is ultimately very rewarding once your golden gets the idea. Who knows, teaching these simple tricks might be the start of pursuing more difficult tricks and one day you may even enter your dog in a competition. At the very least, you will strengthen the bond between you and your golden, and that’s all that matters.