Knowing how to teach your dog to dance is easier than you think. It’s probably easier to teach dogs how to dance than some humans. Urban dogs most especially since they are already exposed to modern lifestyle, including music. Still, you need to have patience. In general, patience is needed if you want to teach dogs any kind of trick, not just dancing. Also, you need to be prepared. It’s going to be useful to have a clicker. Also, you should be armed with treats, lots of it. Make sure that they are the kind of treats that your dog actually likes. Of course, you’ll have an advantage if you already have an experience in teaching dogs. But if you don’t, it’s okay. There’s still a good chance that you’ll succeed.
One of the best ways to teach a dog how to dance or any trick for that matter is the method known as the lure reward method. The first thing that you need to do is to guide your dog into a dance position. This would mean that the dog will have to stand on his back legs. To do this, you need to get a treat and then bring it up over the dog’s head. As soon as the dog is able to maintain balance on her back legs, that’s the time that you should click and give him a reward. You need to do this several times so the dog will get used to it.
After this whole sequence, you need to make an empty hand signal. This is to tell the dog that you no longer have any treats in your hands. To make an empty hand signal you need to hold both of your hands up in the air as if you are surrendering to someone. If your dog gets up into stand position click again and gives him another reward. You need to repeat this process several times. For dogs, learning a trick is all about repetition.
But you need to make your dog do more than just stand if you want it to dance right? So you need to start thinking at this point the kind of movement that your dod needs to do for him to look like he is dancing. Definitely, he needs to walk around a little bit using her back legs. He also needs to bring his paws up into the air. So what you need to do is to give the signal again but this time you need to wait for your dog to raise his paws before you click and give him a reward. Again, it’s important that you repeat this process several times.
Because of the repetition, your dog’s back legs will eventually become stronger. On the succeeding rounds, you can wait until he balances a bit and walks around before sounding the clicker and giving him a treat. Just do the process over and over again until your dog’s movement starts to look more like dancing.
Jose is a full-time DJ and owns a bar. He frequently plays what he had mixed and produced. He also has his own studio at home where he helps aspiring musicians.