On Trust and
Paid For Dog Tricks
“On Trust” and “Paid For” for are one of the oldest dog
tricks that afford as much entertainment as anything a dog can do since the early 1900s. It is not the easiest
trick to be taught but can be elaborated on and presented in several different forms to impress most
To teach this trick call your dog to you, allowing him to
stand up or sit down, as he desires, and hold his head steady with on hand, while you balance a piece of treat
on his nose.
Say to him, “On trust, on trust,” steadying and restraining
his head from moving with one hand and holding up a threatening finger with the other and repeating the words,
“On trust, on trust”.
After which, release his head, saying “paid for,” and give
him a little chuck under the chin, that will cause him to toss the treat up and catch it. Of course, in his
earlier attempts he will not be able to catch the treat, but he should be allowed to eat the treat after it
lands on the floor.
Continuous repetition of this training will produce
efficiency. Over time you should stop restraining his head with your hand and allow him to balance the treat on
his nose until you give him the words “Paid for.”
He can also be taught also to hold the treat between his
teeth and not to swallow it until told to do so. This trick can be made more impressive by holding a
conversation with your dog. For instance, you might say: “Buddy, old man, here is a very yummy piece of treat,
but it is ‘on trust.’”
Slightly emphasize the word “trust” and then go on and say:
“I am glad you dislike to eat things on trust, but this I have just learned has been ‘paid for,’” emphasizing
the words “paid for.”
Your dog can also be taught to toss the treat on hearing a
certain number. To teach this, balance it on his nose and hold his head while you count plainly and
deliberately, one, two, three, and then chuck him under the chin. Until he has had a great deal of practice he
will toss it up as promptly at one, two, four, as he will at one, two, three, but he must be drilled until he
will not toss it until he hears “three,” and it will make it easier for him if you slightly emphasize the
In time you can use many combinations of figures and he will
wait until he hears the emphasized “three.” In working him do not make him wait too long before you say “three,”
and allow him to eat the treat.
“Trust” and “Paid For” dog tricks are considerably difficult
to master and requires plenty of patience from you. Remember, do not punish your dog if he can’t master the
trick, and rather blame yourself for being a lousy teacher. In any case, enjoy training and have lots of fun
along the way.