This topic deserves a thread of its own!
I guess I should have phrased my question, "Does anyone know of a good thread within this forum of simple tricks that COULD be in the reperatoire of every Havanese?" I would just love a list of tricks that work well with this breed.
The first "tricks" you should teach a Havanese are basic obedience commands:
Next are the safety commands:
- leave it
- drop it
- up, up (jumps up on lap)
- go to bed (goes to his day bed and stays there til I release him)
Then come the "fun" tricks, these can be anything you care to teach. Havanese tend to be very quick learners. Here are some of the tricks I have taught Ricky and we will be adding more:
- shake (Ricky is a lefty)
- high five
- give me five
- fist bump
- Mambo (dance routine)
- bridge (figure 8 through legs while standing)
- weave (weaves through my legs as I CAREFULLY step forward)
- find it (looking for a hidden object or food)
- there are more but can't think of them right now
Dogs should be taught to respond to both verbal commands and hand signals and respond to either. Use treats and praise to reward the successful completion of a trick while learning. Go to YouTube and search for "kikopup" for videos to teach dogs tricks. I like her technique and simple instructions. Now repeat 1000 times until it becomes automatic for the dog. Never train for more than 5 minutes at a time and then follow up with informal play.
Momi is making lunch and Ricky is in the kitchen hoping for a drop. I can hear her commanding some tricks right now because he wont get a bit of vegetable until he performs one of his tricks.
I hope others will chime in with some of their tricks because Ricky and I are always looking for inspiration!
Good fun, Shama and Mama