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    Teaching Your Dog to Play Dead | Dogs and Puppies

    Articledog training guidesWednesday 18 May 2011
    Dog training is very good for a dog’s state of mind, and for your relationship with your pet. Dog tricks can benefit a dog and keep him stimulated. Teaching a dog to play dead can be great fun for your dog and for you. It does not matter how old the dog is for these kinds of dog tricks, as it does not require too much energy. To learn how to teach your dog to play dead, read the following tips.

    Dog Training

    Before you can start to teach your dog to play dead you will need to tire him out. Take him for a walk or play with him until he gets a bit tired, so that he is prepared to lie.

    Also, make sure you have some treats standing by. Most of the time these will be needed in dog training sessions, especially if teaching new dog tricks. Praise and encouragement go a long way in conjunction with the treats. Before you can teach your dog to play dead he will need to know basic commands, and have been taught how to sit first.

    Dog Tricks

    Start by getting the dog to sit. When he is sat down, hold a treat up to his nose and move it sharply down to the ground whilst saying the command “down”. As he follows it down he should be lying on the floor, and will start to associate “down” with a treat.

    Teaching a Dog to Play Dead – Roll Over

    Now, move a treat around in your hand in a circular motion in front of his face. He should follow it with his head and turn his body over. As he does this say “roll over” and push the dog onto his back. Praise him and rub his belly encouragingly. If and when he stays down on his back, give him a treat. Keep doing these steps for about 10 minutes at a time and eventually the dog will have learned to roll over.

    Teaching a Dog to Play Dead – Play Dead

    Once he has mastered this, change the way you move your hand with treats. Shift from circular to pointing whilst saying “play dead”. Give the command again as you move away from the dog, still pointing. Keep trying this until the dog realises you want him to roll over and lie on his back.

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