5 Tricks To Teach Your Dog That Will Exercise Them At Home!

The average living room. In North America is
approximately 330 square feet. Add in a couch and a coffee table
and other pieces of furniture. And the space that's left is fairly
limited. Over the last few months, the world's become a very different place
and a lot of people have adapted their own workout routines to
doing them in their home. So I wondered for the average dog owner, how would they take advantage of the
space that's left and do something with their dog that burned off some energy, gave their dog some exercise
because for a lot of dogs, a walk just isn't enough. This is where
21 time world champion of dog agility. Kayl McCann comes in. She's going to show you five tricks
that she works on with her dogs. When she can't get outside
to exercise them for you. These are the kinds of tricks that are
going to exercise your dog's body and their brain.

I'm Ken Steepe and
welcome back to McCann dogs. This episode is brought
to you by Eukanuba. This exercise is called
weaving through the legs. I chose to use Cheerio
on purpose for this one, because I know he is
really motivated by treats. As you can see how intensely
he's staring at me right now. So if you have a dog that likes treats, you might find this one goes
really quick for you as well. Now, I like to teach this particular trick to
my dogs because I find it really helps with flexibility with coordination. It's also a really good problem solving
skill for some dogs going between your legs can be a little bit scary.

So it also can work to build
their confidence as well. So we're going to start off with, hey you. We're going to start off with the
first few steps to teach this exercise. So we're going to start off right at
the beginning with mr. Cheerio here. And in order to do this, you're going to need to make sure that
you have pieces of food in both hands. And I'm just going to start off by
opening my legs so he can get through. And I'm just going to start off by
putting my hand in the middle where I can reward him a few times.

Once I
have him focused on the food, I'm going to pull him through
my legs. Yes. Good boy. And then I'm going to reward and of
course, I'm going to try the other side. So I'm going to put the food here
just to get them stationed. Yay. And I'm going to pull them around. Now, remember when you're teaching a new trick, try not to worry about
giving any commands at first, make sure the dog's comfortable
with the movement first. And then we can go ahead and add
a verbal behavior afterwards. I'm going to try it again. Yes. Good boy. Yeah. You're a quick
study. Young man. Good boy. Tried it a little faster.

Yay. Good boy. Now this dog loves food. So this
is going to go really quickly. I'm going to see if I can progress to
going a little bit faster and because he's doing it pretty easily, I'm also going
to make this a bit of a command ready? Set. Go through. Yes. Go through.
Yeah. That's a good point. Go through. Yes. Through. Yeah. Wow. I have a sneaking suspicion. I'm going to be able to make a bit more
progression here, here. Ready? Set. Go through. Go through.
Yes. Go through. Yay. That was so good. Wow. Cheerio is a really quick study on this, but let's talk about a couple of things
that often can go wrong when you're practicing this now, number one, you need to make sure that your dog
stays really focused on the food.

So make sure that as you're
luring your dog through your legs, that you move your hands nice and
slows your dog. Doesn't get distracted. Also don't get caught up in how much fun
it is and make them do a million figure eights in a row. Try to make sure when
you start off that you're going to do. Oops.

Freebie. Here it is. Here we go. You're going to do just one or two
little loops at a time before rewarding. Thank you, buddy. Excellent.
Why don't I try again? Ready? Yay. Good. Oh my goodness. Yes. Good boy. Well done now for the next trick that
you can practice indoors in order to exercise your dog. I've recruited
a really big dog.

Her name's Skye. She's an Irish Wolfhound. And I want to make sure that everybody
knows that regardless of the size of dog that you have, we can make sure that we
find a trick that works for everybody. So in this particular one, we're
going to work on some puppy pushups. Now what are puppy pushups? Well, they're basically the same thing as
we would do for pushups. It's really, really good for working on
building strength and muscle tone. You're going to end up working on
muscles that they don't normally use when you're out for a walk.

And it's
just great general fitness. As we're fitness dog
inside this living room. Now keep in mind, you can do
this exercise with any size dog, but this is a particularly great one to
do. If you have a dog that's pretty big. I don't need a lot of space as you
can see, she's taking up most of it. So we're going to start off with a really
easy version of simply luring her dogs from a down position to a sit position. And you're going to go up and down and
up and down a few times rewarding each time. Now, if your dog doesn't have a
lot of experience with these exercises, go ahead and use a bit of
food and reward each time. So I'm going to tell her sit. Yeah.
And reward her for pushing herself up. See if she has to use all of her
chest muscles down.

Good girl. Good girl. Yes. Good
girl. One more time. Sit. Yes. Moving up from the down is
much more difficult on the
body than it is to go down into position. Now, if that goes well, we can make it a little bit
more challenging by going
from stand to two down now, and I'm going to do this. I'm going to get her standing first
and I'm going to lure her nose into her chest so that she sort of
folds back into that down, butt hits. Yes. Boom. Yes. Good girl.
And then I'm going to have her up. Okay. Yeah. So you can see, she has to use these muscles in
order to stand back up again. I'm going to push her back down, put the food into her chest down, wait for the bum to hit. Yeah. As good. And I'm going to try and bring
her up. Okay. Yay. Beautiful. Now you'll have a dog that is a little
bit older or maybe it can be a bit sore. Sometimes I definitely would not
recommend that you do this very much. One or two reps is all you need to do.
Obviously if you have a young fit dog, you can do a little bit more, but you
need to make sure that whatever you do, it's the right thing
for your particular dog.

Now I've recruited little Hippy
Shake to help us with our next trick. And that's to teach our dogs
how to do an army crawl. Now this one looks really cool and
obviously it's going to work all kinds of muscles and it's going to require a
little bit of problem solving as well. Now you may find it easiest to teach
this with a little bit of a prop. You could use a broomstick
or a hockey stick. It's going to help teach your dog
to crouch underneath something. So Hippy's actually not
done this trick before, which is why I thought she
would be a good example. And she could actually be a little
bit unsure about some new things. I'm actually going to start off, here
babe, just teaching her to, you know, be comfortable around the
broom. Good girl. All right. So now I'm going to lure her into a down. I'm just going to place the
broom overtop. Good Girl. That's my girl.

Yay. Good girl. Okay. So you can see she's
a little apprehensive. So I'm actually just going to start off
by putting it pretty high here. Okay, good. Yay. Good girl. Oops wrong pocket, wrong pocket. Ready? Get it. Yes. Yes. It's okay. Yes. Good girl you're doing so good. Yeah. See her start to get more
comfortable as I get the treats underneath and I'm just
rolling. Rolling them here. Just to kind of take the pressure
off her, let her so Oh, good girl. That she offered to go
under her own. And so, and I think we're ready
to start to add a little, it's more of a trick into place. Yeah. Good. Yes. Good girl is just take a
couple little shuffles forward. And I'm specifically looking at her
elbows and her belly because it's pretty common when you're training this
exercise that we move our hand up. Our dogs just go right back into walking. And this is particularly difficult with
a small dog like Hippy who was already so close to the ground.

Now when
you're teaching something new, if you ever find that your
dog is struggling with it, or maybe they need a
little bit more practice. One of the tricks that a
lot of dog trainers will do
is they'll actually take a break from the trick and
then revisit it, you know, after a few moments have passed.
Now, as you probably noticed, Hippy was a little bit nervous about
what to do with the broomstick here. So I've given her a
little bit of time off. We're going to go ahead and practice
another time and see if there's been any improvements. It's a cute little sneeze. So I'm going to go ahead and try it again. Yes. Good girl. You're going to find that sometimes
when you go back at something. Yes. Good girl. Your dog can actually be a
lot more confident because
they've already seen this scenario before, it's not
brand new. Yes. Good girl. You're getting more comfy

Wait. Okay. Yes. Wow. Good girl. Wait, wait. Okay. I made that one pretty low. That was good. So it teaches you practice makes
perfect. If you find you're struggling, take a little bit of a break,
go back and revisit it. Short little spurts of training is
definitely the best way to go and learning something to take care of. Now,
this trick is called perch work. Now I do a lot of this and agility
training to teach rear-end awareness, to teach balance and coordination. You're going to find this helpful to be
able to get your dog to get up and off of things. When you ask them as well. Now I'm going to start off
with a bit of food in my hand, and I'm just going to start by luring
Cheerio's front feet right up onto this box. Now you can use anything in
your house.

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You could use a box, you could use a pillow cushion. Um, I suggest starting with a little
wider surface to begin with. It's a little bit easier. So
this is no problem for him. I'm going to start to incorporate
getting off of the box. Yes. It's simply just moving my
hand. Okay. Yes. Good boy. Good for you. Good man. Oh my goodness. Now you may find that
when you're practicing, your dog might get a little overzealous
and they might start to offer something different. The great thing about these types of
tricks is we're supposed to be exercising their minds. So if you get a little
bit of creativity from your dog, don't ignore that. Yes.

Remember? Oh
yes. Good boy. Yes. And reward that. So your dog starts to learn to offer
different behaviors to you. Okay, buddy, let's try a different version though. So we can get up on the
box with front feet. We can get up on the
box with all four feet, but if we really want to work on
some conditioning and some exercises, what we can also start to do is work
on getting him to move around the box. Okay? Hold on. You're so excited.
So I'm gonna lure his front feet up. And what I'm actually going to do is I'm
going to move into him a little bit and I'm going to watch his back feet. I'm
going to keep his nose in place and as it, yes. Good boy. As I step into him, if
his back feet started to move away. Yes. I'm going to reward him. Good boy. So I'm going to keep his head in
position, move in towards him. Yes. Good boy. Okay. And then I'm going
to break it off. That was a good one.

Do we want to try again, yes. Good. I'm
going to feed him for being in position. And again, I'm going to simply apply a
little bit of pressure into his body. Yes. Good boy. Yes. Good boy. Excellent. And as he starts to get better at this, I can actually start to teach him to go
all the way around the outside of the perch.

And that's going to really
work on strengthening his
backend and teach a lot of great coordination. Now, if things
are going well with your dog, you can start to increase the difficulty
by going to a smaller size box. It really could be anything books. I just have a little Tupperware container
that I got here and I'm going to place it down and do exactly the same thing.
Now again, if you're changing something, make sure that you go back
to the original sort of step. So rather than asking
for him to spin around, who's going to offer it for me already.

I'm just going to start off
by getting his feet up. Now, a common mistake that people make on this
exercise and they sometimes will over face the dog too quickly. So make
sure you take your progression slowly. Another common thing is people forget
to go both ways about if you're working out, you don't just want everything
to strengthen one side of your body.

You want to strengthen
both sides. So, you know, if he's comfortable spinning
around this direction, I need to also make sure I practice going
the other way. And I would simply yes. Good boy. Simply repeat the process. I would just pressure this
side of his body instead, making sure that both sides were equal.
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you were really physical for the dogs and this particular one that I'm going
to show you next also requires a lot of coordination on the dog's part, but it's really going to
work some mental stimulation.

This is going to require a
training technique called shaping. So if you've ever played that hot and
cold game, when you were younger, um, this type of training is very similar.
So I have a box here and my goal is, and I can train Lucy to get inside the
box. Now in the last couple of exercises, I used some food to show the dog
how to do the behavior on this one.

I'm going to require Lucy to use a
little bit more problem solving skills. And she's going to have to think
of it herself. Get in the box. What I'm going to do is reward
her good choices along the way. So I'm going to start off by just
having a little couple of pieces of food right. A year when she can
see she's super excited about, and I have my box nearby.

Yes. Good girl. And then anything that Lucy has to
do with the box? Yes. Good girl. I'm going to yes. Reward
her for sniffing. Yes. Putting her head close to the box.
Putting a pot in. Yes. Oh yes. Good girl. Now, every time she
gets closer to my final goal, I'm going to increase the risk.
A great reward. Yes. Good girls. And we got two little paws
there. Yes. Good girl. Now it's super important for this, but

She's never reset for a second. Come here. It says was really important
for this one is when you say the word. Yes. You need to make sure that
when you, yes. When you say yes, it's exactly the point that you're
trying to reinforce. Good girl. Yes. Now she is starting to offer
to pause pretty easily. So I'm going to go for the Gusto here
and I'm going to wait for her to do a little bit more before
she gets any more rewards. Try again. So isn't this interesting.

I'm getting a few different behaviors.
She's actually offering to bow now. So I'm going to reward her
for that because I don't
want her to get frustrated. And what I'm going to do now is
help her a little bit to feet. Good. I'm just going to lure her.
Yes. Yes. We got that feed. The front became out. Yay. Good girl. But this is sort of the
fun thing about shaping. You don't have to get the dog to climb
the mountain in order to get this award. I'm just going to reward all the little
increments along the yes. Good girl. Yes. Yes. There we go. Good. And now I'm going to use the food to try
and get these back feet in. Yes. Good. Yes. Good girl. Yes. Three for
four. And about a couple of minutes. That's pretty good for the loo.
Okay. Let's try one more. Yes. Good girl. You see how she's offering to go in the
box without me even asking dogs learn through positive reinforcement. So if they get reinforced for something
they're much more likely to offer it again.

Yes. Good girl. Try and
get that third foot again. Yes. Oh my goodness. Jackpot. And
once you get that final goal, what a good girl you want to
really reward generously. Wow. Luc, that was so good. Now let's talk about a few challenges
that you might have while you're training this exercise. Now, number one, sometimes if you just put a box down
and just stand there, good girl Lucy a lot of dogs. And initially what she would have done
is just stood there and stared at the box. And you don't just want to be having a
staring contest for too long with your dog. Shaping is about creativity
and offering behavior. So make sure that you help your dog to
do a little bit more guessing. You know, when I first brought
the box into the room, Lucy was a little bit unsure about it.

So I actually started off by just
throwing a couple of treats into the box, just to get her, to investigate,
to sniff it a little bit. Um, just to build her confidence about it, but don't let your dog stall out for too
long without offering something step in and make it a little bit easier. So you can keep the pace moving along
with your dog. You can just so funny. The other thing that's
important to note too, is what you use for your shaping exercise.
I picked a box that is Lucy size. Hey Missy. Um, it's big enough
that she can easily get inside. It's not too high. It's not too
intimidating. Yes. Good girl. You're so funny when she knows it's good.
She just wants to keep doing it. Um, so you want to use a box that's properly
sized for your dog to make sure it's really easy to get into, make sure it's stable and it's not going
to tip around or slide on practicing on a carpet to give it a little
bit more friction.

Um, and those are things that are just
going to help your training session go a little bit more smoothly. So you're spending more time rewarding
your dog and building their confidence. Now we've just talked about five trick
training exercises you can do anywhere with your dog. Click
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room lessons where you can work on some obedience exercises with
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note. I'm Ken. I'm Kayl, this is Cheerio Happy Training..

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