Dog Trick 4. “Sad”
This is really cute, teach your dog to look sad.
This one is also surprisingly easy to teach, although it always takes a few sessions before dogs fully grasp it:
- Lie your dog down in front of you.
- You first get your dog to touch the area in front of him with his nose. As with the “close the door” trick, you do this by lightly rubbing a treat on the ground in front of him. When your dog goes to smell the ground, praise and treat him (better still, press your clicker and treat him).
- Repeat this a few times then introduce the command word “SAD”.
- After he gets the hang of this, start to delay giving the treat for a short period, thus extending the time he needs to hold the position. He will gradually be able to do this with the command alone.