ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How I trained my dogs

Updated on July 30, 2012

During my downtime some years ago I spent some time training two of my family's dogs and my own dog. I used some very easy methods to teach them a few tricks.


Luna is a white golden retriever mix. She's a very happy dog that is some what dim witted. She also has a very small attention span so I believed trying to teach her a few tricks would be all but impossible, especially for how young she is.

The first task was to teach her to sit. Now I didn't have access to dog treats so I used small bits of hot dogs which personally I think work better. To get her started I would hold the treat over her head and say sit so she could get the command into her head. Sure I lost a couple of hot dog pieces but it was worth it. After maybe saying the command "sit" three times, while still holding the hot dog piece over the dogs head I lightly pushed down on her butt, just above her tail. After repeating this a certain amount of times she finally sat down. She managed to get the command in only about an hour. She surprised me with that.

I used a similar method with the command "lie down", except I pushed lightly on her shoulders. She caught on to that one rather quick. Maybe twenty minutes at the most.

Then to make sure she knew the commands I took away the treats. She was confused at first but with the same hand gestures I used before she managed to get the idea and soon she didn't even need the gestures.

Shake was the difficult one. I didn't use a treat for this one so she had no idea what was going on. The way I started was having her sit. Then I would tap on her front paw, saying shake. It took a while for her to lift up her foot but soon she did and just before she set her paw on the ground I would gap it. Give it a gentle shake and then let her paw go. I would then pet her and say good girl in a very happy tone. After maybe thirty minutes of this she finally got it. Soon after I got her to switch the paws in my hand simply from saying, "other paw," and then after that I got her to give a high five. Standing I would say high five and she would jump up and land both her paws on my hands held palms out at about waist level. She also gives a normal High five when I am sitting on the ground.

It's awesome to do something epic on a video game and then get a high five from man's best friend.


Zoe is Luna's mother. I unfortunately only managed to teach her to sit and lay down. I used the same techniques I had used with her daughter.


Miley is my lovable little mutt of a dog. There is now real way to tell what she is. I taught her the basics but I also taught her how to chase her tail. This was done by tying a piece of hot dog to her tail and saying, "get your tail," She soon understood the command and began chasing her tail without the hot dog. Now it is her favorite pass time. When ever she gets bored she chases it.

I hope this helps some of you in your dog training.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Andrea Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Andrea Rose 

      6 years ago

      Thank you. XD

    • Mama Kim 8 profile image

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      That Luna of yours is one smart pup ^_^ Great job training them.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)