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101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog (Dog Tricks and Training, 1)


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101 Dog Tricks is an international bestseller in 18 languages with over a half-million copies sold worldwide! This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow color photos of each step.

Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and troubleshooting boxes cover common problems, while Build on it! ideas suggest more complicated tricks that build on each new skill.

Tricks range from simple ones like Sit, Shake Hands, Fetch, and Roll Over, to extraordinary ones like Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toybox and Get a Soda from the Fridge. Organized by theme, it’s easy to find the next trick to work on with your dog. Just a few of the themes to choose from:

  • Chores, such as Newspaper Delivery and Get Your Leash
  • Funny tricks, such as Doggy Push-ups and Play the Piano
  • Dancing, such as Moonwalk and Chorus Line Kicks
  • Love, such as Kisses and Wave Goodbye

Trick training will help you bond with your dog and integrate him or her into your family. Tricks also help keep your dog mentally and physically healthy and establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work. 101 Dog Tricks will inspire you to do more with your dog!

Millions of people have found success with Kyra Sundance’s step-by-step techniques—and you can, too.

From the Publisher

Your Job As A Trainer

Your job as a trainer is to guide your dog in a consistent and motivating environment.

Guide your dog through the process of executing a new behavior, rewarding baby steps along the way. The goal of each training session is to get better results than the last time.


Know the behavior you are looking for, and don’t be wishywashy. Use the same voice and intonation each time you give a verbal cue and enunciate clearly.


Think about an athletic coach. Is his job merely to plan the training schedule and tape it to the locker room door? No! He inspires, motivates, and encourages! He is upbeat when you are discouraged and slaps your shoulder with a ‘good job!’ when you need it. You serve the same purpose for your dog. Every bit of enthusiasm you inject into your dog training will speed up his learning. And when your dog does something right use your high-pitched ‘happy voice’ (yes, men, you have one too) to exude your delight!

Top 10 Trick Training Tips:

1. Reward with tasty treats

2. Reward while your dog is in the correct position

3. Reward immediately (no fishing in pockets)

4. Train before dinner

5. Training comes before playtime

6. End the session with your dog wanting more

7. Be consistent

8. Motivate—use your happy voice

9. Be patient—it won’t happen overnight

10. Be a fun person to be around

Tip! Use the word ‘good’ to mark the exact instant your dog performed the desired behavior.

Hand Signal

Verbal Cue.

Shake (left paw)

Paw (right paw)

Chapter 2 Traditional Favorites

Shake Hands—Left and Right (Easy)

Teach It:

When shaking hands, your polite pooch raises his paw to chest height, allowing guests to shake his paw. This skill is taught for both paws.

1 With your dog sitting before you, hide a treat in your right hand, low to the ground. Encourage your dog to paw at it by saying ‘get it’ and ‘shake.’ Reward your dog with the treat the moment his left paw comes off the ground.

2 Gradually raise the height of your hand, upping the ante, until he is lifting his paw to chest height.

3 Transition to using the hand signal. Stand up and hold the treat in your left hand, behind your back, and extend your right hand while cuing ‘shake.’ When your dog paws your extended hand, support his paw in the air while you reward him with the treat from behind your back.

4 Repeat these steps on the opposite side to teach ‘paw.’


1 Hide a treat in your right hand, low to the ground.

2 As your dog improves, raise your hand.

3 Stand up and cue your dog.

4 Hold his paw while you reward.

Publisher‏:‎Quarry Books; Illustrated edition (April 1, 2007)
Paperback‏:‎208 pages
Lexile measure‏:‎IG740L
Item Weight‏:‎1.29 pounds
Dimensions‏:‎7.15 x 0.63 x 9 inches

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