One of the fun things about having a dog is teaching your dog to do tricks and one of the cuter tricks is training your dog to play dead. There is nothing like making a finger gun, saying, “Bang” and having your dog play dead. It is cute and your friends will laugh. Plus, your cute little pup will love the attention and belly rub that follows.
How can you teach your furry friend to play dead? It’s easy if you follow these five steps.
Teach Your Dog to Play Dead in 5 Simple Steps
- Start with some of your dog’s favorite doggy treats.
- Start the session with going through some of the commands your dog already knows, including down.
- This time when your dog lies down say the word “Bang” and give your dog the treat.
- If your dog is not trained to lie down, then either start with training your dog to lie down or just wait for your dog to lie down and say, “Bang.” This will get your dog associating “Bang” with lying down.
- After a 3-5 sessions, say “Bang” to get your dog to lie down but do not give the treat immediately. This will cause your dog to try to get closer to the floor. When your dog puts his/her head on the floor or lies on his/her side, reward immediately with the treat. Once your dog lies on his/her side, give the treat and a belly rub and say the words “good girl/boy”.
- After 3-5 more sessions, your dog should be going into the dead position more rapidly. Now is the time to start holding off on the belly rub which releases the dog. Do not give the treat until after the belly rub.
Dogs learn on different time scales. Therefore, your puppy could learn this trick in as little as 2 days or as long as a month. You cannot rush these things. The key is not to overwork your precious pup or your old pal. Work on the skill 3 to 5 times in a session and only work no more than 3 times a day. Remember to play before you work with your dog to get any excess energy out. And most importantly HAVE FUN!