Teach your dog the turn around command – Your dog will always be happy to learn a new order or trick. Even if it may seem unnecessary at first, it is not. Turning around is one of them.
After ‘ give the paw ‘, ‘ turn ‘ is certainly the easiest trick to teach a dog. Here I offer you a very simple method, in just a few steps, to teach your dog to turn on itself.
Introducing your dog to the “turn around” order: what are the benefits?
Teaching your dog to turn around allows, at first, to spend mentally but also to strengthen his basic education. Indeed, a dog which knows how to turn on itself is a dog which can sit or lie down without too much problem on request. And yes, the more you teach complicated things to your pooch, the more the basic exercises are disconcertingly simple for him.
Besides, learning tricks is very important to strengthen your dog relationship because, through the learning sessions of tricks, you offering your dog a significant moment of sharing and complicity.
Also, teaching your dog to turn can be useful daily, when you dry your dog after a wet walk. This allows you to stay static and ask your dog to get into a certain position.
Then, this exercise is a very good way (when it is done well) to work on proprioception. This allows the dog to become aware of all of its limbs. It is a trick that brings many muscular benefits and which also allows us to work the flexibility of the dog.
How to teach your dog to turn on itself?
To teach your dog this particular trick, you will need:
with a clicker (optional)
a calm environment to promote your dog’s concentration
a good dose of enthusiasm to communicate it to your pooch
The sessions should not be too long (max 15 minutes) but do not hesitate to offer them regularly to your dog. The best is to work a little every day to obtain quick results and take the opportunity to propose a daily mental expenditure to your animal.
The method I am suggesting to you here uses the lure technique, that is to say, that with the help of a treat, we will come and accompany our dog to the desired attitude (here the fact of turning on itself ).
Step 1: Take a treat. Keeping it in your hand, bring it up to your dog’s muzzle and guide him until he makes a full turn. Give him the treat when he’s done the full turn.
Keep your hand close to your dog’s muzzle as he turns. Do not place your hand too high so as not to encourage him to jump, nor too low so as not to encourage him to fold.
Step 2: Do the same in the other direction to get your dog used to turn on both sides. You will see, he will always have a preference side. Like us, dogs are either right-handed or left-handed.
Bonus: To go further, clearly distinguish the “right turn” from the “left turn”. In obedience or dog dancing, we say “turns” when the dog turns clockwise and “twist” in the opposite direction.
Repeat the previous two steps several times until your dog no longer has any difficulties and turns quite smoothly. Remember to congratulate your dog as soon as he has taken his entire turn.
You can even use the clicker for more precision and efficiency. Small reminder: we click as soon as the behavior is good and we reward (with a treat or other if the dog is not particularly greedy).
Step 3: As soon as your dog turns smoothly, you can guide him, still with the treat, only in the first part of the circle and let him finish on his own.
Step 4: If you see that your dog is turning well, continue to lure him but this time without the treat. If you see that your dog is losing focus, feel free to come back to a later step to strengthen it further.
Even if you no longer lure with a treat but only with your hand, that doesn’t have to mean that you no longer reward your dog: all work deserves pay! Give him a treat with your other hand after he has had his turn.
Step 5: Once you have learned the previous steps, complicate the exercise further by still luring but keeping your hand away from your dog’s nose. Simply make a looping gesture with your finger Of course, move your hand away gradually and always continue to warmly reward your dog when he cooperates.
Step 6: Finally, the last step is to put a name on what you ask your dog so that he can then obey you even from a distance. So when it spins clockwise, say “ spin ” and reward. When it turns the other way, say “ twist ” and reward.
I recommend that you always keep the gesture, in addition to the voice command. This allows you to be able to communicate with your dog, even when you cannot / necessarily want to talk to him. This goes for any exercises you