Trick Training For Your Boston Terrier

Forget the old saying: “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” It’s just not true. Your Boston Terrier is a life-long learner. In order to stimulate its mental and physical capabilities, your dog will love to learn and perform new tricks. And if you don’t teach your Boston Terrier some new tricks, it may just come up with a few of its own so it doesn’t get bored – ones you might not like!

Like any other type of training, trick training needs a lot of patience and practice. When you get the right response from your Boston Terrier, be sure to use frequent and lavish rewards. If a dog finds a task to be dull and boring, it will soon lose interest (kind of like us humans do). Find some fun tricks for your Boston Terrier to perform. It helps to nail down the focus command before you start trick training, as well as basic obedience skills the tricks are based on. Take it one trick at a time and start with the easy ones. You can gradually tackle new ones, depending on your dog's learning pace.

If you’re a beginner, you should start with the basics. These include Shake Hands, Dance, and Fetch. Because they are easy, it will help to build your Boston Terrier’s confidence and skills. After these basic tricks are mastered, change it up by modifying and combining them into more complex tricks.

Shake Hands Trick

For the Shake Hands trick, start in the Sit position while using the Focus command to get your Boston Terrier’s attention. Gently pick up your dog's paw with one hand while giving a treat with the other. When your dog raises his paw, with or without your help, praise and reward him with a treat. Keep repeating this action and see how long it takes for your dog to pick it up on its own. Once that has been mastered, take it up a notch. Teach your Boston Terrier to Wave and Hide its face with its paw. Using this basic technique, you can train your dog to turn light switches on and off.

Dance Trick

Dance is a simple trick based on the sit position. Begin by holding a treat above your dog's nose until it jumps up on its hind legs. Say Dance, and give the toy to your Boston Terrier while gently taking hold of its front legs. Dance with your dog at first, guiding it by holding its front legs while it stands balanced on its rear ones. Do not pull or force your dog to stay in the standing position, simply reward the behavior as it occurs naturally. Eventually, see if your dog can perform the trick on its own. Then, try teaching Beg by encouraging your dog to sit while you support its front legs.

Fetch Trick

Fetch is best trained initially on a long lead. Once focused, toss your Boston Terrier's favorite toy a few feet away. Say Fetch while your dog runs or jumps to the toy. Praise it after the toy is picked up, then once again when your dog brings it to you for further play. Wait for the toy to be dropped, and praise and reward once again. Once Fetch is accomplished, you can move on to Frisbee, as well as teaching your dog to play Hide and Seek with specific toys it can learn to identify by name.

The basics of trick training can turn into so much more if you stick with it. Spend a certain amount of time a day with these tricks – and it’s a great way to bond with your Boston Terrier!