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Dogs are one of the most versatile pets you can own. They can provide companionship, security, and even assistance with tasks like herding or hunting. But did you know that dogs can also be trained to perform tricks? One of the most popular tricks is to play dead. While this trick may seem simple, it can actually be quite difficult to teach. With a little patience and some treats, though, most dogs can learn to play dead on command.

The first step is to get your dog into the lying down position. Once they are in this position, give them the command to “stay.” If they obey, then give them a treat. If they do not stay in the lying down position, then gently guide them back into it and try again. Once they are staying in the lying down position consistently, it’s time to add the cue word “dead.” When you say this word, extend your hand out palm-side up near your dog’s head. Most dogs will naturally want to sniff your hand, and as they do so, their head will lower to the ground. As soon as their head hits the ground, give them a treat. With enough practice, your dog will learn that the cue word “dead”

  1. Start with basic obedience commands such as sit, stay, come, and down
  2. Once your dog has mastered these commands, start teaching them the “play dead” command
  3. To teach this command, have a friend or family member pretend to be a intruder or burglar in your home
  4. When your dog sees the intruder, tell them to “play dead” and praise them when they do so
  5. Practice this command regularly until your dog responds consistently every time

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