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  • Writer's pictureLiz MacHaffie


You can teach your dog to spin in a circle! Choose one direction and always go that direction :) (You can teach the other direction later if you want.)

  • Have several treats in your hand, and use it to guide them in a circle. Feed for little steps in the right direction.You might use 3-4 treats for one whole spin at first.

  • To start, your hand should be level with where you want your dog's nose. (Otherwise they're more likely to sit.) See the photo for a nice illustration of this!

  • Once your dog is doing well, wean them down to getting a reward just at the end of the spin! Try to reward in front of your body.

  • Now you can add a word and hand signal! (So they don’t need food in your hand to do it.)

  • Say, “Spin!” and then do your normal hand movement, but without treats in your hand. (Make sure you say the word before you do the hand signal.)

  • Start the spin with your hand as the lure, and gradually pull it away earlier and earlier in the spin.

  • Once you can just do the tiniest signal, you can start to lift your hand away from your dog's nose level and just do a little wrist flick in that direction to get them to spin!

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