10 Easy Dog Tricks

Wow your friends with these fun easy dog tricks. Can your dog master all ten of them? Make him the coolest canine on the block with just a little dog training.

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Dog Trick : It’s Nice to Meet You

Shake Hands

Start by having your dog sit. Say, “Shake hands,” and take his paw with your hand. Hold his paw and say, “Good dog!” Let go of his paw. Do this a few times every day.


After a while, say, “Shake hands,” but don’t take his paw. See if he raises his paw by himself. If not, keep showing him what to do by saying, “Shake hands,” and taking his paw with your hand. Your dog is not slow; he is just learning!


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Dog Trick : High Five

High Five

Start by having your dog shake. If your dog does not shake, just touch the  back of her paw and say shake. Once your dog starts to offer her paw, turn your  hand up so your hand is facing your dog.  Start saying “high five” while holding your hand up. When yoour dog hits  your hand with her paw, quickly say good dog and reward with a  treat.  When your dog starts to hit your hand with her paw, start to slightly raise  your hand higher and higher.  Keep raising your hand until you can stand and your dog jumps up to high five  your hand. Reward your dog as soon as she does.  Hold your right hand in the air again and say the command “high five” but do not reach for your dog’s paw. Hopefully he will place his paw against your hand. Allow him the opportunity to do it on his own before you reach for his paw. If he does it on his own, reward him immediately with treats or praise.


They should first know how to shake before teaching this


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Dog Trick : Speak


Choose a game that your dog loves to play, like catch with a ball, or hide and seek with a toy. Then get him excited by saying, “Let’s play! Want to play?” and show him the ball or toy. Jump and act silly so he barks and then say, “Good dog, speak!” Then play the game as his reward for learning “Speak”.


You can’t make a dog bark, but you can get him happy and excited so he wants to bark. After a while, your dog will bark when you say, “Speak.”Caution! If you have a dog that already causes trouble because of his barking, you might not want to encourage this behavior. If you decide it’s ok to teach it, be sure to teach ‘quiet’, too, but do it at some other time.


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Dog Trick : Bang Bang

Play Dead

Have your dog lie down on his tummy. As you gently roll him over on his side, say, “Take a nap.” While he is lying on his side, keeping his head on the floor, say, “Take a nap.” Don’t give him a treat. Encourage him to stay there for a couple of seconds. Then say, “Ok” or “Wake up!”, let him stand up, and give him his reward.


You can use the treat to lure your dog into a lying down position. Don’t give your a dog a reward while he is lying down. Give him a treat after he has completed the trick.


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Dog Trick : Say Please

Beg Say Please

Have your dog sit, facing you. Hold his favorite treat just above his head and tell him, “Say please.” Your dog will probably lift his front feet off the ground to reach the treat. As soon as the feet are lifted, even a little bit, give him the treat.


This is a hard trick for most dogs. Wait a little longer each time before giving the treat, but be careful not to let your dog fall over on his back. You are helping your dog develop his balance. Be kind and only do this a couple of times.


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Dog Trick : I Love You


Here’s an easy one: Every time your dog licks your face, say, “Give me a kiss. Good boy! Give me a kiss.” If he isn’t a licker, put a little peanut butter on your cheek and say, “Give me a kiss.” When he licks it off say, “Give me a kiss,” again.


Tricks like this work because you put words with something your dog does. Pretty soon your dog hears “Give me a kiss,” and thinks about licking your face. Then you give him a hug, rub his ears and say, “Good boy!” Dogs love that.


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Dog Trick : Fetch… Now Drop It


If your dog doesn’t fetch naturally, have an adult cut a slit in a tennis ball (a smaller, rubber ball if that is too big). Put some treats inside the tennis ball. Show your dog that there are treats in there, and give her one. Then, throw the ball. In the beginning, run with her and get the ball; then give her the treat. Soon you will be able to throw the ball and she will go get it (because she wants the treat!).


After your dog has figured out what he has to do to get a treat, start throwing the ball two times in a row without giving him the treat. What you are trying to do is give him the treats less and less often so someday he won’t need the treats in the ball to fetch it.


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Dog Trick : The Pleasure is All Mine

Take a Bow

(Method 1) When you see your dog take a big stretch, with his head down low, say, “Take a bow.” Every time he wakes up and stretches, say, “Take a bow.” Someday you will say, “Take a bow.” and your dog will take a big stretch, but it will look like he is bowing. As soon as he is finished, give him the treat.

Tip(method 1)
Tricks like this work because you put words with something your dog does. It may take some dogs longer than others to figure this one out. Some dogs learn it in a week and some take years…yes, years! But one day you will say, “Take a bow,” and maybe, just maybe, your dog will take a bow.

(Method 2) With your dog in a stand position, take a treat and hold it near the floor, under his nose. As your dog reaches down to get it (he may try to lie down), slip your hand under his belly to hold his rear end up. Hold him in that position and say, “Take a bow.” Keep the treat right by his nose, but don’t feed him. Stay there for just a second, release him, and then feed the treat.

TIP (method 2)
If you feed your dog the treat while he is in the bowing position, in the future he won’t bow until he sees the treat in your hand. If he learns that the treat comes later, he’ll be willing to perform for you without it right there all the time.


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Dog Trick : Goodbye

Wave Goodbye

Your dog should know how to shake hands before learning this trick. Face your dog and hold out your hand as if you are going to shake. When your dog lifts her paw to shake, don’t grab it, just pull back your hand, and say “Wave”. Then give your dog a treat.


At first your dog may not lift her paw very high. But once she realizes that you’re going to give her a treat if she holds it up there, she’ll get it. You may have to tease her a little with your hand so she thinks you are going to shake with her. Waving your hand a little may help to get her paw into a waving motion as well.

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Dog Trick : Sweet Dreams

Go to Bed

“Go to bed” means go to the bed AND lie down. You should only need to say “Go to bed”. Put a bed, blanket, or towel 6-10 feet away from you. With your dog beside you say “Go to bed!” and then together go to the bed. Have your dog lie down on the bed, give her a treat, and praise. Repeat many times. Later on, try sending your dog by herself. At first, make sure that someone is waiting at the bed with a treat. Later, your dog will do it herself, and you will walk over to her while she is lying down and reward her.


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44 Responses to 10 Easy Dog Tricks

  1. Liz Maradyn July 17, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I enjoyed reading the dog tricks that you have on your site, and I like the photo’s! I have linked to your site, on my blog, where I talk about dog tricks, and having fun teaching your dog! Thanks, Liz :)

    • Melissa Fisher July 21, 2012 at 2:03 am #

      That’s great to hear! I love getting positive feedback. Thankyou!

    • Frankie August 25, 2014 at 11:45 pm #

      Thanks for your help , my little spoodle Marley is now star of attention and now I know there is a best trick comp and these tricks are going to lead me to the top also there’s another trick that you should add, I don’t know if it’s real or if I made it up. Thanks

  2. Lisa January 23, 2014 at 1:02 am #

    Thank you or these tips! My dog learned a new dog trick tonight!!

  3. imogen February 22, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    Thank you so much. my dog can now shake hands xx

    • Melissa March 6, 2014 at 6:31 am #

      I’m so happy to hear that! I’m always happy to promote bonding and mental stimulation exercises for your furry best friend and you to share together

    • Jessica July 20, 2014 at 2:08 am #

      thank you so much my dog now knows how 2 play dead, beg, speak, shake hands and high five :)

    • lizz September 17, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

      hi there love the tricks could you maybe add roll over.


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    These tips were very helpful. I’ve taught my dogs tricks previously via the internet but have had trouble figuring out how to have them do the tricks once I’m not offering treats. I appreciate that you elaborated on a different approach to get them to complete the tricks with & without treats.

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