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5 Useful Tricks to Teach Fido

Does your dog know any tricks, like Roll Over or Shake? Our canine buddies can certainly learn some adorable tricks. Actually, some of the things in Fido’s cute trick repertoire can be quite useful. Read on as a Raleigh, NC vet lists some cute and helpful tricks to teach your pet.

Lights On/Off

Teaching your furry buddy to turn lights on and off can be very helpful! There are a few prerequisites here: you need a medium or large dog, and a light switch Fido can actually reach. Of course, if you have a Chihuahua that can turn on a desk lamp, we want to know about it!

Object Fetch

A few decades ago, Man’s Best Friend often enjoyed fetching his human pals’ slippers and mail. Consider teaching Fido to bring you your keys or your remote control, or even bring you a cold drink from the fridge!

Bathtub

Does your pup run and hide when he hears the word Bath? Make your furry pal reconsider his opinion of the B-word. Call Fido into the bathroom, give him a yummy treat, praise him, and let him go. Then, add a vocal command to call your canine buddy into the bathroom. (Tip: choose your wording carefully: you don’t want to confuse your dog about being housebroken!)

Gimme Paw

Fido’s handshake can be just as helpful as it is cute. If you teach your four-legged friend that offering you his paw will get him snacks and belly rubs, you may find that clipping his nails becomes quite a bit easier!

Smile

Okay, we’ll admit it: there really aren’t any practical uses for teaching your pooch to smile. However, it is absolutely adorable, and makes people smile too, which is always a good thing.

Tips

Before teaching Fido fun tricks, make sure he has mastered basic doggy obedience commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. When training your dog, always be positive and consistent, and work on one thing at a time. Also, keep your pet’s safety first. For instance, don’t teach your pooch to bring you his keys if you only have one key on your chain: that could be a choking hazard. Ask your vet for more specific advice.

Do you have questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? We can help! Contact us, your local Raleigh, NC animal clinic, anytime.

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