I am constantly hugging Boogie, so it’s about time he returned the favor. That’s why I taught my dog how to hug. It’s a fun, cute, and easy trick for your dog to learn.
Read on to find out how we taught Boogie a new trick, and how it’s easier than you probably think it is. Let’s start!
Here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Get On Their Level
Find a surface where you and your dog are on the same level, by either sitting or kneeling. This could be the floor, a stoop, or on the couch like us.
Step 2: Hands in Position
With a treat in your palm, place your hand behind your head and around your neck. If it’s easier, you can also just place your hand behind your neck (and not around).
Step 3: Just a Taste
The treat will lure your dog in, and they will attempt to grab it. Allow your dog to nibble on the treat to get them in position just over your shoulder, and then finally give them the treat as a reward. Repeat this a few times.
If you’re using a clicker, make a click every time your dog comes into position on your shoulder. If you don’t have a clicker, no worries, the treat is enough.
Step 4: Add the Command
After a few repeats of the previous step, add a command to it. I said the word “hug” and then gave Boogie the treat. Repeat. Increase the duration by treating your dog only after they hold the position for a few seconds.
Step 5: Remove Your Hand
Once your dog is consistently performing the behavior, say the command without placing your hand behind your head. Once they do it, give them the treat. If your dog won’t “hug” without seeing your hand cue, repeat the hand signal again but for a shorter length of time and continue to reduce the duration of the hand signal until your dog can do the trick with just the verbal signal.
Your pup will be hugging you in no time. This is a great trick to teach your dog if you love hugs, or if you want to prove to friends that your dog loves you more than their dog loves them. Only dogs who love a lot give hugs!! ?
- Keep it fun! Stay positive, so training is a fun exercise that both you and your dog look forward to.
- Training sessions should be short and sweet, so no one gets frustrated or bored.
- If your dog doesn’t get it, no worries! Boogie isn’t a quick learner. We usually have to try a trick a few different times before he masters it.
- Use small treats when training, so your dog doesn’t fill up on snacks. We take our regular dog treats and break them up into even smaller pieces.
- Training your dog provides intellectual stimulation for them, and strengthens your bond! It’s a win/win.
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