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Teach Dog Tricks: A Step-by-Step Guide

By Christy True and Sarah-Anne Reed
published: October 27, 2023 • 1 min. read
Dog shaking a hand

You can teach your dog basic tricks in just a few steps. Of course, you will need to practice tricks multiple times to cement the skill for your dog. Here are some of the most common tricks:

Teach your dog to shake

Infographic of dog learning to shake.
Protect your pet

Teach your dog to turn in a circle

Infographic of dog learning to circle

Teach your dog to go to bed

Infographic of dog learning to go to bed

Teach your dog to move back

Christy True and Tomas
By Christy True

Christy has been writing about pets for Healthy Paws for 28 dog years. She also coordinates media requests and manages the Healthy Paws Foundation. A background in journalism may be why she enjoys writing about offbeat animal studies and the latest viral pet trends. She has been owned by several dogs, and she volunteers with a local dog rescue. Outside of work, she can usually be found sliding down a mountain near her home in Bend, Ore.

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Sarah-Anne Reed, dog trainer
By Sarah-Anne Reed

Sarah-Anne Reed is a holistic dog trainer, animal communicator, and former owner of Pack Dynamics®. She has specialized in working with dogs since 2008. Her practice focuses on helping dogs with behavioral issues and teaching people how to effectively communicate with their dogs by understanding and respecting them as a different species and honoring them as individual beings. Sarah-Anne's passion is working with and helping dogs, writing about dog behavior, and working with dog rescue organizations. Sarah-Anne has written blog posts and acted as a media contact on dog training topics for Healthy Paws Pet Insurance since 2020. She has expertise in separation anxiety, aggression, obsessive-compulsive behavior, food aggression, excessive barking, pet fears and more.

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