Chase Your Tail
Watching your dog chase her tail can be a funny thing to watch. Having your dog do it on command can be useful when you want your dog to wipe her feet.
Even if your dog is not a natural, it can be taught.
If chasing her tail does come natural, praise your dog when she is doing it with toys or treats. Start use the command “chase your tail”, when she is doing it so we will associate the command with the activity.
If your dog needs encouragement, do this:
- Take a dog treat and hold it level with dog’s nose.
- Slowly rotate the treat around her body.
- Give the command “Chase your tail” while you are doing this.
- It is important to that you do this SLOWLY.
- Reward half-spins with a treat.
- As she does more, hold the treat and give it to her when she does full spins, then 2 spins, then 3, 4 and so on.
Keep training sessions short, 5 minutes or so. If you want, have 2 or 3 sessions per day, but keep them short.
You can combine a hand signal with the spoken command. Hold your index finger up and swirl in a circle. Soon you can use just the hand signal if you like.
Now when you want feet wiped before entering the house, give her the command to when she is on a door mat.
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