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For the obedience class I'm in we have to teach our dogs a trick. I have no idea what to teach Sasha Besides basic obedience she already knows shake and speak, and I'm kind of limited in that she will not retrieve things. I know this is not very much information to go off of but do any of you have any ideas for a fun, new trick? She sort of knows roll over but HATES doing it, so I don't really want to do that one because I don't really believe that she'd do it when we were in class.

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Double high five? Touch, where she will jump to reach your hand anywhere? Spin?

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Cross her front paws. CUTEST thing ever.


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teach your dog to retrieve and roll over. there's no
"she won't do it" that means you're not teaching it.
once you teach your dog to retrieve you can teach your
dog "find it" (you hide something and send your dog to find it).
you could teach her "paw", "other paw", back up, "go to xxxx"
(fill in name), "go to your bed", "wait". there's so much you can
teach her. my dog does a lot of things but i don't call them tricks.
a trainer told me "GSD's don't do tricks. they follow commands", .
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A just for fun trick is Shy/Cover eyes. Took about 3-4 15 minute sessions to get our pup taught it. Great video on how to do it:
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you could teach her "paw", "other paw",
After we taught that, we incorporated it into Patty Cake LOL

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Play dead. I started with holly on a down then would say 'bang then push her over on her side. Once she laid down on her side she would get her cookie. Worked up to her falling over from a sit now she does it from a standing position. I just point my finger and say 'bang and she falls over. Sometimes its in slow motion so I shoot her twice. Lol
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Double high five? Touch, where she will jump to reach your hand anywhere? Spin?
Spin would be a fun one! Thanks I hadn't thought of that.

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That's another good one.

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Play dead. I started with holly on a down then would say 'bang then push her over on her side. Once she laid down on her side she would get her cookie. Worked up to her falling over from a sit now she does it from a standing position. I just point my finger and say 'bang and she falls over. Sometimes its in slow motion so I shoot her twice. Lol
This might be the easiest one for me to teach her, actually. I hadn't even thought of that, but she'll actually lay on her side if I say "over" while she's laying down...


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teach your dog to retrieve and roll over. there's no
"she won't do it" that means you're not teaching it.
once you teach your dog to retrieve you can teach your
dog "find it" (you hide something and send your dog to find it).
you could teach her "paw", "other paw", back up, "go to xxxx"
(fill in name), "go to your bed", "wait". there's so much you can
teach her. my dog does a lot of things but i don't call them tricks.
a trainer told me "GSD's don't do tricks. they follow commands", .
I will eventually be teaching her retrieve because I am hoping to get multiple obedience titles on her. Roll over I'm not so worried about. I may work it and try to get her to do it or I may not; I haven't really decided yet, but since both of those two are areas of struggle I don't think trying to get them fully ready in 3 or 4 weeks is really feasible. She does do find it. She does paw, other paw, and back paws (taught to make cleaning her paws easier. She knows back up because she's a huge door crowder. Go to bed she knows. I never did wait because I just decided to use stay for both long stays and short ones, teaching two commands for virtually the same thing seems a bit silly to me. I guess she knows more than I had initially thought lol I guess if worst comes to worst and we can't get something worked out I'll just work hard on really perfecting one she already knows.
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A just for fun trick is Shy/Cover eyes. Took about 3-4 15 minute sessions to get our pup taught it. Great video on how to do it: link
This is very cute!

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We ask our students to do this in their class too!

Perch - on it and in it is fun
Sit up (I call it Be Pretty)
Be a present (get in a box and lie down)
Spin, twist (both directions)
Speak (I call it What?)
Whisper (a soft yip, not a full bark)
Lay down with your head down
Push a soccer ball with their nose
Jump through a hoop
Touch (hand)
Weave between legs in a figure-8
Jump your leg
Be Fun (play bow)

I have lots of ideas - if you click on Eden's name in my signature, she has quite a few videos that have a lot of tricks/games.
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