12 Days of Christmas: Day 7


Guest Blogger: Melissa Clinton with Barking from the Bayou

On the 7th day of Christmas my dog gave to me 7 sweet spins! 

Teaching your dog to turn around is one of the easiest tricks for them to learn. Even my 8 year Basset Hound was quick to pick it up. He still turns in slow motion but he does turn!

You begin this trick by having your dog face you. Hold a high value treat just above their nose and make a circle. The dog will usually follow the treat. Be sure to say, “Turn around” while they are rotating. When they have made a complete circle, be sure to give them the treat and a lot of praise. Continue this routine with the treat until they are certain of the “turn around” command.

You will soon be able to use you voice and a circular motion in front of the dog and they will turn around on their own. It is a fun trick and looks very impressive.

A funny thing happened when I was teaching my Basset, Bentley how to spin. Our Westie, Pierre already had this trick mastered and would watch while Bentley was learning. Each time I told Bentley to turn, Pierre would quickly spin around!

The main thing about any training is to make it fun.

Merry Christmas!

Check out the Michelle’s other 12 Days of Dog Training Tips or the Pet Holiday Zen Tips!
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