How to Train Your Dog to Take a Bow

Teaching your dog to bow is a fun trick that will impress your guests. You’ll need some treats, because your dog won’t understand what you want them to do without positive reinforcement

1. Get the treats ready

But before we get into how to train your dog to bow, let’s talk about what you’ll need first. First off, you’ll need treats. If you have a dog, chances are that they already love food and will gladly do almost anything for it—even take a bow!

However, if you don’t have any treats on hand or just want to go ahead and treat them as soon as they learn this new trick (and why wouldn’t you?), there are plenty of options available online or in pet stores if the idea of using something else gives you pause.

2. Show the treat to your dog

To teach the bow, you will need to have your dog sit and focus on you. Once that is established, show your dog a treat. The treat should be held in an outstretched hand and placed just in front of his nose (but not touching his nose). Wait until your dog looks at you before you say “Bow!”

3. Let your dog take a bow

Let your dog take a bow when he is ready. Don’t force your dog to take a bow if he is not ready. For example, don’t push him down to the ground by pushing on his back or neck. Instead, wait for him to lower his head and then give him treats as soon as he does so in order to encourage further bowing behaviors from him at future training sessions.

Don’t force your dog to take a bow if he is scared or uncomfortable with the exercise: If your dog seems afraid of the idea of taking bows, slow down or discontinue this part of the training until they feel more comfortable with it (even if they have been doing other parts of this exercise well). If necessary, consult an expert trainer for advice.

Don’t force your dog into taking a bow if they are not interested in treats: While bows are generally done after each trick has been performed successfully by dogs who know what’s expected from them while working with their owners (and who therefore wouldn’t mind getting extra treats), some dogs may prefer not being rewarded every time—some might prefer just getting praise instead!

4. Give the command

Use the command “bow” when you want to train your dog to take a bow. To use this command, try to keep your voice calm and positive. Reinforce the behavior by giving treats or petting your dog after it has bowed down for you.

5. Reward your dog with a treat and praise

  • This is important because it will be very difficult for your dog to understand why he or she should take a bow if there isn’t any immediate reward involved.
  • Be gentle and patient with this step in the training process; don’t expect too much from your pup right away! The most important thing to remember is that you should never repeat commands over and over again if they haven’t been followed yet. For example, if you tell your dog “bow” three times but it doesn’t respond at all, don’t say “bow” again—try something else instead (like clapping). If nothing else works then try giving him/her some treats as a reward instead of repeating commands until they get it right!
  • Finally: Don’t just use any word—you want words that are easy enough for everyone around them understand what they mean.

Teaching an old dog new tricks is possible, so don’t give up.

You can train an old dog new tricks. It’ll just take time, and a lot of it. Here’s how to get started:

  • Be patient. This process is going to take time, so be prepared for the journey ahead.
  • Be consistent with your commands and training techniques so that your dog understands what you’re asking him or her to do at all times.
  • Be persistent: even if it seems like nothing is working out as planned or expected! You might have days where things seem difficult but don’t give up.


Teaching tricks like this is really fun for you and your dog. Remember, training your pupper is the best thing you can do to keep them healthy and make sure they live a long and happy life. The more active their little brains are, the happier these furry friends will be with themselves!