If you’ve been watching America’s Got Talent and thinking that your dog has real talent, then you’ve come to the right place. A well-trained dog can become a star at the local dog park, impress all of your friends, and maybe even win a few competitions.
Get a treat.
It should be small enough to fit into your hand, but not so small that it will be hard for you to hold on to it while you are training. Avoid treats that are too soft or too hard—your dog will have trouble gripping them between their teeth and they may accidentally bite your hand.
Stand next to your dog and hold the treat out on its level so that it can see it but can’t reach it.
You should be standing next to the dog, not sitting down in front of him or behind him. The idea is that he can see you and the treat without having to turn around or circle around you (which could throw off his balance).
The dog should face away from you, although it may be easier if they’re facing more toward you than away from you since they’ll have a better view of what’s going on. But he also should be able to see your face so that he understands what kind of behavior gets him treats—and when!
While holding out the treat on its level, say something like “spin” or “turn.” This will get them used to hearing these commands before practicing them later in this exercise—when there’s food involved!
Move the treat around in a circle.
Once your dog has spun all the way around, give them the treat and praise them. If they are doing a good job and spinning quickly, reward them with another treat. You may also want to give verbal praise by saying “good boy!” or something similar.
Once your dog can spin at a slow pace, increase the speed of the circle. Start by holding the treat close to your dog’s nose. As she follows it around, gradually move it farther away from her until she is spinning at a medium pace. Then practice increasing the speed again, moving closer and closer to her until you are doing very fast circles with treats held in front of her face.
Once your dog has mastered this spin trick, you can start working on different spins such as clockwise and counterclockwise spins or even spinning in place for a few seconds before stopping again. In order to get these advanced moves down, it’s important that you reward your dog with both treats and positive reinforcement of their behavior whenever they try something new or do well at performing an old trick!
Add a hand signal to go with the verbal cue.
Now that your dog knows what “spin” means, it’s time to add a hand signal. Although you may want to use different signals for different words, try to use the same signal each time so he’ll learn what it means. Make sure you reward your dog only after he has done the behavior (spinning in this case) and not before.
For example, if I wanted my dog to spin and then sit, I would say “spin” while holding up my open palm facing outwards toward her nose as she did her spin then rewarded her with treats once she was standing on all fours again.
You can also use both hands when rewarding so that you have one free hand coming into play during training sessions! This will allow you more flexibility in terms of where exactly he needs encouragement during his training process.”
Positive reinforcement with treats can help your dog learn new tricks like spinning.
Praise enthusiastically every time you dog makes progress. Use a high-pitched voice, and use lots of praise (“Good boy!”) while hugging him and petting him to show how much you appreciate his efforts.
Reinforce the behavior you want. When your dog does what you want them to, give them a treat! The first step of positive reinforcement is establishing a reward marker such as “yes” or clicker training (more on this below). These signals tell your dog that they did something right and should repeat the action in order to earn another reward.
It’s important to start with simple tricks like sitting and shaking hands before moving on to more complex tricks like spinning. You can also shape your dog’s behavior by rewarding it whenever it gets part of the trick right and not giving it a reward when it doesn’t get the trick right. It’s all about training the brain!