Now that we’re all forced to stay home to help combat the pandemic, paw parents like us will now have even more time to spend with our fur babies. And if you’re wondering how to keep both you and your four-legged baby productive, you may want to consider teaching them new tricks. The truth is, your dog is only one video away from being the next social media star. So get up, get going, and grab your loveable little beast.

Here are two simple tricks you can teach your dog

Teach Your Dog To Handshake

While we’re all encouraged to keep a healthy distance away from other people, it’s a good thing we’re not told to keep away from our dogs. And because such a luxury is still very much available, you may as well teach your furry baby how to shake hands. 

This one is pretty simple. Begin by letting your dog “sit.” Once that’s covered, put a small snack in your hand and gently move it to the floor near your canine’s paw. 

As your little pal raises his or her paw in delight and excitement, verbalize the cue “shake,” give them the snack, and then compliment them profusely. Keep practicing this, but hold your hand higher each time, so as to let your dog raise its paw higher every time, as well. Your target should be for your dog to shake your hand at their chest level. As with many things, the more you do this, the more this registers to them. 

Use the same paw for this trick so it sticks with them for a while. Once they’ve mastered the handshake, shift gears and train them anew, but with their opposite paw. This time, instead of saying “shake,” say “other hand.” This lets your dog understand that you are, indeed, referring to their other hand. When your dog becomes a pro at handshaking, you can start getting rid of the treats and snuggle them enthusiastically instead. 

Remember, complimenting dogs for a job well done, no matter how simple a trick may seem, goes a long way!

Teach Your Dog To Roll Over 

For this trick, make sure your dog isn’t standing up or in the sitting position. All paws, including the entire weight of their body, should be stationed comfortably on the floor. Once that part is covered, grab a snack and hold it in one of your hands before moving your hand unhurriedly behind your fur ball’s neck; this allows them to sniff the treat. Remember that the goal here should be to let your furry friend turn their hand without needing to stand or get on their paws. 

Then, as your dog’s head turns back to gobble the snack, smoothly roll your hand over. Once your pawed pal rolls over, as well, feed them the trick and then praise them euphorically. As with other dog tricks, keep repeating this while saying “rollover” as your just about to glide the treat to their opposite side. Praise them triumphantly every time they get it right. For a solid 10 to 12 minutes, keep repeating the process. Doing so properly introduces them to the trick and allows for better retention. 

At a later part of the day, practice the entire trick with them again for another 12 minutes. Gradually, your furball should get a reasonable grasp of the common and rolling over should be simpler for them. For an easier reference, you can check this link out to see what we’re talking about.

Overall, boding with dogs is always a pleasant experience when you genuinely enjoy being around these fuzzy creatures. Still, many paw parents struggle with teaching their dogs tricks and getting certain commands across. Thankfully, there are dozens of dog training videos available at our fingertips online thanks to .