how to become a dog trainer

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate, the website owner earns from qualifying purchases. This is at no extra cost to you.

These tricks are fun to do when you are showing your dog off to friends.  It’s also a way to have fun with your four-legged companion while strengthening your relationship.

Time To Go Potty

how to become a dog trainer

To make this trick work, you need to have a bell. You should also include treats in your training sessions.  Eventually, you may want to teach your dog to use the bell for other reasons.

Each time your dog touches the bell, let him out and then offer him a treat.  Once your dog is outside, lead him to the bell.  His reward this time will be when he is able to open the door.  After a few days, your dog will learn that touching the bell will lead him to an open door.



in house dog training

One of the coolest tricks to teach your dog is jumping.  They use this trick in dog shows.  Before you start, make sure your vet approves this trick for your breed.  This is a trick for adult dogs only – puppies are still growing and could damage their hips.  If your dog has hip dysplasia, skip this trick.

To teach this trick to your dog, you will need treats, a broom and books.  Instruct your dog to sit and stay as your put a broom on the floor.  Walk over to the other side of the broom and call your dog by his name.  When he crosses over to where you are, offer him a treat.  Repeat this several times.  Then add some height by using books.  Each time your dog crosses the broom and books, offer a treat.  When your dog gets used to it, make it more challenging by adding more books.  When the books get high enough that your dog will need to leap over it, begin using the word “leap” and then give him a treat as you are praising him.  Repeat this until your dog learns to leap on command.

Shake Hands

best dog training

If good manners are important to you, teaching your dog to shake hands is a great way to show off your dog’s etiquette.  Think of a command to use and be consistent.  The most common command is “shake.”  Ask your dog to sit and when he does grab a paw, shake it, and let go.  Praise him and then give him a treat.  Repeat this exercise several times.  Next, teach your dog to give you his paw instead of you getting it.  Do this by gently tapping on his paw.  If your dog is a quick learner, he will know to give you his paw as soon as your hand approaches his paw.  Immediately reward your dog when he gives you his paw.  If your dog doesn’t give you his paw simply go back to step one and repeat exercise.

Make sure your dog is in a comfortable place while you teach him how to shake hands.  Use only one command during training to avoid confusion; you want your dog to learn all tricks as fast as possible.

High Five

dog training information

High five is a similar trick to shaking hands.  The only difference is that your hand is in a higher position.  It should be easy to teach this trick once your dog knows how to shake hands.  Command your dog to sit down, then ask him to shake hands.  Keep your hand higher, just on the same level as your dog’s head.  Practice this exercise until your dog succeeds in giving you a high five.  Make it challenging by switching paws as you train him to master the high five trick.

Wave Hello

dog training sessions

Once you have successfully taught your dog how to shake hands and give a high five, it should be easy to teach him how to wave.  Command your dog to go into the sitting position.  Use the high five command several times so that your dog gets used to the paw shake each time you hold out your hand.  Put your hand in the same position as the “high five” so that your dog understands you want him to do this trick again.  When you see your dog raising his paw towards your hand, put your hand down.  Once  he notices that you pulled your hand away, he will put his paw back down after which you should praise and treat him.  Before long your dog will learn the trick and even wave several times in a row.  Keep practicing this command until your dog understands how to wave.


tips training

Teaching your dog to speak or bark on command is useful in helping him learn when to bark.   This command may prove challenging for dogs who are naturally calm but be patient.  Get your dog excited by playing games with him or chasing him around.  Once he is excited get him ready for training.  Hold a treat in one hand and show it to your dog.  If he already knows several tricks by this point, he might attempt doing several of them to get the treat.  He might get frustrated and end up whining.  Move the treat around and tease your dog by waving the treat in front of his face; the goal of this activity is to encourage him to bark.  When he does bark, say the command “speak” and then hand him a treat.

Your dog probably won’t understand what just happened, but practice the trick again as he figures out what behavior you want from him.  As he gets frustrated he will bark again but if he doesn’t, begin by getting  him excited again.  Generously praise and reward your dog when he does bark at your command.  Keep repeating the command “speak” until your dog barks.  Immediately praise and treat him each time he speaks.  Continue repeating the exercise until your dog associates “speak” with this trick.  Command practices for “speak” should last 10-15 minutes.  The goal is to get him frustrated enough to make a sound and reward him as soon as he does.


obedience training for dogs at home

Quiet is a very useful command to calm down your dog when he makes noises.  It is also logical to teach this trick after he has mastered “speak.”  This command will also teach your dog the appropriate time he can bark.  Command your dog to “speak”, and when he does say “quiet”.  Once he stops barking praise him and give him a treat.  At this point your dog may be confused because you are teaching him two tricks at the same time.  To make things easier, try this command when he is barking at something outside.  If he stops barking then you know he understands the command.  Continue practicing this command and repeat “quiet” every time he stops barking, then reward him.  Remember only say the word “quiet” when your dog stops barking.  He will probably ignore you if you instruct him as he is barking.  Continue practicing this trick so that you can use it while he is barking once he masters it.

Have fun teaching your dog these tricks.  Your dog will love the positive attention and time you spend with him.