A Waggin’ Good Time!
Hello everyone! Well, its that time of year, and tomorrow I am off to pick up kids for Christmas vacation, however I could not shirk my promise of writing a new article each day before Christmas. I am determined to help you find fun ways to spend time with your furry friend! So, this will be one of three today and I will be back on Christmas eve, to liven things up yet again!
If your happy and you know it….wag your tail!
This is a simple command and a behavior that most dogs readily offer, but it sure is fun to be able to control this on command.
What You Need
- Your dog
- Lots of praise!
- Grab your dog and head off to a place where you can work together.
- Start by praising your dog and clapping with excitement
- When his tail wags, click and treat
- Wait till the tail stops wagging then start again with praise and festivities
- Click and treat when the tail starts to wag
- As soon as your dog is wagging readily you can begin to add a command to the behavior “Wag” “WHAT?” or whatever saying you think would be cute with a tail wag
Once you have gotten this behavior on command, it should be pretty easy to click and treat for a dramatic stop in wagging.
- Wait until your dog knows the wag command and is readily offering it on demand, otherwise you are liable to confuse him.
- Remember when you were teaching and you waited for the tail to stop wagging…so you could praise and get it to wag again?
- Well now you will click and treat when the tail stops wagging!
- Again figure out a command you think would be cute “You think so huh?”
Finally work with it until it too is reliable and easily understood by your dog.
Now when company is over you can say “He did WHAT?” and as he wags you cans say “Oh you think so huh?” and the tail should stop. Go back and forth with your dialog wagging and stopping then reward with a jackpot!
This is a great game and fun for you both!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.