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The Easiest Tricks to Teach Your Dog

The easiest tricks to teach your dog are those new tricks that even old dogs can learn. From the basic tasks of teaching a puppy his or her name to getting the dog to play dead and leap, these are the most basic dog tricks out there. While not every dog will be able to master these tricks or concepts, more than likely if they can do anything, they can do these tricks first.

Dogs are smarter than many give them credit for and most can be taught almost anything. Want them to stay with you while walking? Teach them to heel. Need them to stop barking? The be quiet command works there. Even the fancier ones like roll over, play dead of high five are easy to teach with the right amount of patience, repetition and positive reinforcement.

Teaching dogs tricks isn't just about showing off or entertaining others, in many cases these tricks keep the dogs safe. The down and stop commands can keep dogs from being in situations where they could harm themselves or others and is a mainstay for homes with dogs and kids. The drop it or leave it command can save a bundle on vet bills over allowing a dog to consume something toxic to their system.

So forget those insane pet products for crazy owners and stick to the basics with your growing puppy or seasoned dog with these easiest tricks to teach a dog. Do well and you might even get a treat. Good boy.
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    Teaching your dog his or her name is perhaps the easiest trick of all. Use positive reinforcement when the dog looks at you or comes to you after speaking the name to teach this basic trick.
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    Easy to teach as dogs sit often on their own, to associate the word sit with the behavior, say the word "sit" and use positive reinforcement when the dog sits on his or her own. Eventually by repeating this process the dog will associate the action with the word and the positive reinforcement to sit on command.
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    Go Outside

    Another essential "trick" to teach any dog is housebreaking. Best done when dogs are puppies, housebreaking teaches dogs to relieve themselves outdoors in a specific location which in turn keeps the house or living area clean, but requires patience, consistent repetition and positive reinforcement.
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    Lay Down

    Dogs naturally lay down to rest so getting them to lay down on command is as simple as getting them to associate the action with the verbal command. Use positive reinforcement and the lay down command when the dog lays naturally to create this association.
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