Give your pup as many trials as he needs to figure out how to balance a toy on his head.  Then tell him “OK!” and again, give him as many trials as he needs to learn to catch the toy when he moves his head.  Praise like crazy!

Why teach tricks?  Because dogs love to make people laugh.  Because anything you teach your dog will tighten the bond between you, will increase his ability to learn, will heighten his ability to focus, will teach him new words, will make you both feel good.

Why teach tricks?  To make children laugh and feel they’ve seen something magical.  To demonstrate, in the sweetest way, how clever dogs are and how much they can understand.

Why teach tricks?  Because you won’t feel the pressure you feel teaching your dog to come or heel or lie down.  And neither will your dog.  Because it’s fun, that’s why.

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