How to Teach Your Dog to Duck

When you dog knows this trick s/he will lower his or her head quickly, so that it looks like s/he is ducking. This trick is impressive and will amuse people.

Steps

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    Use a target and a clicker. If you haven't already, target and clicker train your dog. The target can be a certain stick or your finger, palm or fist. Let the dog sniff at the target, and click when it does. Do this a few times to warm up.
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    Have the dog stand in front of you. Move the target down right under the dog's head. Click when the dog sniffs at the target. Repeat this step four times.
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    Lower the target a little more under the dog's head. Click when the dog lowers its head to sniff at the target. Repeat this step four times.
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    Lower the target bit by bit until you are happy with the duck.
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    Remove the target. Click when the dog moves its head down when the target is not there. Repeat this until the dog understands exactly how to do this.
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    Now you want the dog to duck faster. Only click when the dog lowers his or her head as fast as you want him or her to do. This can take time.
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    When the dog lowers his or her head fast enough, use a command. The command can be "duck" or anything else you want to call it. When you see the dog is about to duck, say "duck" and click if the dog ducks. Repeat this many times.
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    Say "Christmas" and see if the dog ducks. If it does, do not click. Just wait for a few seconds, then say "duck". If the dog ducks, click and reward. Test your dog by sometimes saying a random word, and sometimes saying the command. Only click when the dog ducks on command.
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    Stand further away from your dog when saying the command. The dog should be able to do the trick even when you are in different positions. Also sit down, then have your arms up in the air, etc.

Things You'll Need

  • A dog
  • A clicker
  • A target
  • Dog treats

Article Info

Categories: Dog Tricks