High Five and
Hoop Jump training
To teach your dog tricks even easy ones you need to have some
small reward treats, be in a quiet suitable place and keep the training sessions to 10 - 15 minutes or your dog
will start to get bored, remember when he gets something right lots of praise and a reward treat, just be
careful not to get him over excited or he will lose concentration.
Getting your dog to give you his paw, first get your dog to
sit, then as you say the word 'paw' take your dog’s paw in your hand, give the dog a treat, repeat this, after a
few times do not take his paw so quickly, say the word, count to one then take it, you should notice he is
bringing his paw up as you say the word if he does not go back to saying it at the same time, do it a few more
times then, slow your response again. After 2 or 3 sessions most, dogs pick this one up quite
The high five, like a lot of tricks the high five is a
progression of an earlier trick, in this cast the paw trick. Hold a treat in your fingers and raise your hand
slightly higher than you would for the paw trick. You dog will think you want to do the paw trick and will reach
for the treat with his paw as we taught him earlier, as he reaches up you say “high five” and give him the
treat. Once your dog has mastered the paw trick this one should be very easy to learn and with just a few
sessions he will be doing it on hand signal rather than voice control.
Getting your dog to jump through a hoop, before you start
this one, I would just like to ask you to be a little sensible and not hold the hoop too high as you do not want
your dog to heart himself while doing the trick. Sit your dog on one side of a hoopla hoop, get the dogs
attention on your hand on the other side of the hoop take a treat in your hand and give the dog the command to
release him from the sit, at first he may attempt to go around or under the hoop, if this happens start again,
your dog wants the treat and will soon learn that going around or under does not get it so he will soon start
going through it, when he does say hoopla and give him the treat.
He will soon be jumping through the hoop on the command of
hoopla. If you have a medium sized dog like Labrador, start 6 inches or so from the ground and slowly raise it
to waist height, if you have a smaller dog you might want to start with the hoop touching the ground so the dog
just goes through the hoop and then slowly raise it as he gets used to the trick.