My two old dogs have several tricks up their sleeves. They first learned the basic when they were puppies and when they were about five I started to train them more difficult tricks. They can sit, lie down, stay, come, and walk nicely on the leash. Then I trained them to shake hands, and to put their paws over their eyes, to jump through a hoop, to weave through my legs, to sit pretty, to jump up and land on a box. I trained them to do all this and more through a combination of positive reinforcement training and clicker training. My dogs are still learning new tricks and there are big old mutts they have sheltie, corgi, black lab, and chow chow in them. Plus they are now 11 years old and still learning. Who said old dogs can learn new tricks.
I used to have a dog and the ways to teach basic tricks (sit, stay) just use a treat and practice a lot for them. Try again if they get it wrong but reward them if they do it right, and eventually they'll learn. That should also work with harder tricks but you need to practice more and may need to help them learn. Some good tricks are fetch, roll over, heel, or make something up like training them to get something for you on command. And don't be cruel, they'll love anyone who'll be nice.
mine does what i ask..sit,lay down,growl, and other things..and i never say a word..i point, grunt or clap/slap my leg..it has to "watch me"..to earn a command..same as if i were deaf or mute..yet he hears me speak to others just never "at " him..he picked up on it quick too..it's a Australian Shepard..
Have the time to spend with your dog.. I mean take the dog with you everywhere you go... and the patients to repetitavely go over what you want your dog to learn the earlier you start the better.. though old dogs CAN learn new tricks... it takes much longer
All of this was these were taught by my daughter . She used positive reinforcement and treats . My dog sits , shakes hands , plays dead , roll over and this one is the cutest if you set up horse jumps , she does the course , waits for the right speed and makes a perfect jump . Soo cute to watch .being a dog that does as a horse .
i was their role model you should see my pup jump through hoops lick the bowl jump into peoples laps look pathetic till she gets her treat pretend to be asleep and jump in the pool splashing anyone she can so proud of my pup.. (puffs out chest)
Does smiling count as a trick? If so my dog smiles when she is in trouble. Sometimes I can get her to do this just by my tone of voice. If you are interested in training methods I've heard the clicker method works well for teaching tricks.