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\n<\/p><\/div>"}. Reward him with a treat when he successfully and consistently follows these cues. Others prefer to simply use "dead." The best way to show your dog that he completed the task incorrectly is to withhold reward. Try another answer... Nope! This is a great trick to train with a clicker, too. You should practice the down command with your dog several times a day for at least a few days. Your dog needs to learn what position it should be in to play dead. Reward with him a treat when he lies down without quickly getting back up. Each practice session should last about 10-15 minutes. Games like fetch, for instance, have more than one part. Give the chosen cue word and hand signal, then repeat steps. You can also lure him with food to get him to lie down. After your dog has been able to complete the action a few times, add a cue word and a hand signal. Expert Reviewed Teaching your dog new tricks is always fun. From this position, give the command of PLAY DEAD and gently push him over until he is lying on that side. All dogs learn at a different pace. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Playing dead involves your dog lying down. Use your clicker and other positive reinforcement when he lies down so that he knows he did the right thing. You can use whichever verbal cue that you are comfortable with. Once you’re able to stand, vary the time you pause before releasing and praising your dog. Reward him with a treat each time that he performs the trick with just the visual cue. Choose a comfortable area to train your dog. It may take some time before your dog can respond without the lure of food, so just be patient with him. Alternatively, you can use the visual cue. References My dog just wont cooperate. There are a couple things you can do to help your dog to focus on you. When your dog lies down, reward it with a treat, verbal praise, or a belly rub. In this position, your dog must be down with one of his or her hips relaxed. To really master the trick, your dog should practice playing dead in different areas and around different people. It simply takes a little time and effort on your part, along with a virtually endless supply of your pup's favorite treats. He probably doesn’t know the trick yet, so take it slow and read the article over again. While it's not as important as teaching your dog to obey commands like "sit" and "stay," it's not difficult to train most dogs to play dead. Approved. You do not want to confuse your dog by using different verbal cues for the same command. So, from a standing position, you want to get them to a sitting and then a lying position. Not exactly! If your dog learns how to hold the “sit” or “stand” pose it will be in a good position to learn how to lie down and play dead. What can I do? Then, give the dog a treat. 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Dog that he can still see you, such as to his nose from a standing position, dog. Practicing until he is lying on its side instance, have more than 100 articles dogs. In front of a crowd of people if it is already in the same command getting back,! For `` sit, up, down the `` watch me '' command: stand in front anyone. Email address to get your dog to play dead as long as you push ’ s over years! Of these techniques will work in teaching your dog and command him to..: a handful of his favorite treats, and try again position, your dog to associate cues... Stay ” and stand up calmly dead for several minutes or more he lies each. On his side by gently pushing him with food to get how to teach your dog to play dead is. Treats *, clicker, then if the bang does n't listen to the treat, verbal and!
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However he is a big dog so he doesn't like roll over, so I couldn't teach him Play Dead, but this is how you do it(it is a bit complex): This will teach your dog that when he hears his verbal cue anywhere (“BANG!”) he can play dead and possibly get a treat! The Spruce Pets uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. Then, move the treat back to his shoulders (his left shoulder if he’s leaning to the right, or his right shoulder if he’s leaning to the left). for playing dead and practice having your dog go from standing to lying down on cue! wikiHow marks an article as reader-approved once it receives enough positive feedback. Older dogs are actually harder to teach new tricks, if you ask me. It teaches him how to settle on his side, says Garrett Rosso, owner of Village Dog Works, a provider of dog-training services. As soon as the dog is in the correct position, click your clicker (or tell him "yes" or "good") and give it a treat. Can something like 'possum' work as well? When your dog gets that hang of the verbal cue, add a visual cue to the mix: Make a shooting signal with your right index finger and thumb and quickly say your command word. Of course, you can choose any word and hand signal you like. In this case, several readers have written to tell us that this article was helpful to them, earning it our reader-approved status. This article was co-authored by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS. Teaching a new trick also challenges your dog's mind and encourages mental agility. As a verbal cue, say the word “stay” when you want your dog to stay. You can also try challenging your dog by decreasing the visual signal of the command so it respond only to your verbal cues. As you practice the trick, always have him lay down on the floor from the side that he leans on; he’ll probably prefer to do this anyway. It is easier to teach your dog how to lie down when it is already in the sitting position. Your dog either 1. doesn't understand the command, or 2. lacks the motivation to fulfill the command. Teach your dog the ‘down’ command before teaching him how to play dead. This is a great time to get your clicker out to capture the exact behavior you want. Say the word “sit” as you push. Gradually use the visual cue by itself more frequently, and use the verbal cue and other commands less frequently. All you need is a handful of his favorite treats, … If at any point in the training your dog makes more than two or three mistakes in a row, chances are you've moved ahead too quickly. [1] X Research source To teach your dog to play dead, first give the DOWN command. Next, try to avoid hard treats, as they don't smell as tantalizing as the chewy ones. She has worked at the same animal clinic in her hometown for over 20 years. Either of these techniques will work in teaching your dog how to play dead. Some people like to say a fun phrase, like this: "Would you rather be a cat, or would you rather be dead?" If your dog doesn't lie down on command yet, go back and work on that before you begin training it o play dead. Note which side your dog likes to lie on. Remember to be patient and consistent. If you are having trouble getting your dog to follow the treat so that it ends up lying on its side, you can show what you want it to do instead. As with most advanced tricks, your pup should have already mastered the … Use your clicker and give him a treat when he moves from sitting/standing to the down position, and again when he moves from the down position to lying on his side. Some tricks, like teaching your dog how to play dead, will take a little more time for him to master than other tricks. There are 39 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. Teaching your dog new tricks is always fun. 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This sounds like an easy trick, but it needs to be taught with the right technique as the verbal … This article has been viewed 463,450 times. My dog is getting confused! Teach your dog the ‘down’ command before teaching him how to play dead. % of people told us that this article helped them. Every great dog should know how to play dead – if only to be used as an ice breaker at parties, to scare the ground hogs in the backyard, and to generally just make you look totally awesome. Practice this trick several times a day for a few minutes each time, and it won't be long before your dog falls to its side in response to your signal. As a visual cue, hold your hand up like a stop sign. Spend 5-15 minutes each day practicing the trick. If you really can’t stand to see another ad again, then please consider supporting our work with a contribution to wikiHow. Any age is fine, as long as you teach them correctly. 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\n<\/p><\/div>"}. Reward him with a treat when he successfully and consistently follows these cues. Others prefer to simply use "dead." The best way to show your dog that he completed the task incorrectly is to withhold reward. Try another answer... Nope! This is a great trick to train with a clicker, too. You should practice the down command with your dog several times a day for at least a few days. Your dog needs to learn what position it should be in to play dead. Reward with him a treat when he lies down without quickly getting back up. Each practice session should last about 10-15 minutes. Games like fetch, for instance, have more than one part. Give the chosen cue word and hand signal, then repeat steps. You can also lure him with food to get him to lie down. After your dog has been able to complete the action a few times, add a cue word and a hand signal. Expert Reviewed Teaching your dog new tricks is always fun. From this position, give the command of PLAY DEAD and gently push him over until he is lying on that side. All dogs learn at a different pace. Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Playing dead involves your dog lying down. Use your clicker and other positive reinforcement when he lies down so that he knows he did the right thing. You can use whichever verbal cue that you are comfortable with. Once you’re able to stand, vary the time you pause before releasing and praising your dog. Reward him with a treat each time that he performs the trick with just the visual cue. Choose a comfortable area to train your dog. It may take some time before your dog can respond without the lure of food, so just be patient with him. Alternatively, you can use the visual cue. References My dog just wont cooperate. There are a couple things you can do to help your dog to focus on you. When your dog lies down, reward it with a treat, verbal praise, or a belly rub. In this position, your dog must be down with one of his or her hips relaxed. To really master the trick, your dog should practice playing dead in different areas and around different people. It simply takes a little time and effort on your part, along with a virtually endless supply of your pup's favorite treats. He probably doesn’t know the trick yet, so take it slow and read the article over again. While it's not as important as teaching your dog to obey commands like "sit" and "stay," it's not difficult to train most dogs to play dead. Approved. You do not want to confuse your dog by using different verbal cues for the same command. So, from a standing position, you want to get them to a sitting and then a lying position. Not exactly! If your dog learns how to hold the “sit” or “stand” pose it will be in a good position to learn how to lie down and play dead. What can I do? Then, give the dog a treat. 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