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Cute Tricks To Teach Your Dog

August 15 2021

Does your pooch know basic doggy obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down? If so, that’s great. These basics are very important for both petiquette and safety. However, now that you have those down, why not teach Fido some tricks? In this article from Armitage Animal Hospital, a local Newmarket, ON vet lists a few things you may want to teach your canine pal.

Roll Over

This classic trick never loses its charm. There is something quite lovable about seeing Fido happily kicking his legs in the air. Of course, this one often ends in dogs getting belly rubs, which is quite alright with Man’s Best Friend.

Fetching Specific Objects

You may have seen footage about dogs getting their humans’ slippers, or bringing them the mail or newspaper. Fido can actually learn to Fetch quite a few different objects! You may be able to teach your furry best friend to bring you your keys or your remote control, or get you a cold drink out of the fridge!

Gimme Paw

This one is adorable, but it can also be quite useful. Teaching your canine buddy that he will get a yummy snack for giving you his foot can be very helpful when it comes time to clip his claws or remove a splinter.

Lights On/Off

Having a dog that can turn lights off and on can come in quite handy. Of course, this will work best with a wall switch: you probably don’t want your furry best buddy using a pull cord!


This one has absolutely no practical use whatsoever, aside perhaps from making your friends and family laugh. It’s just really cute!


Teaching Fido to Sing on command is another surefire way to keep your friends smiling. Dogs are pretty adorable belting out tunes … even if they are often out of key! 

Don’t Look

With this one, you’ll teach your canine pal to put his paws over his eyes. And yes, it’s as cute as it sounds.

Play Dead

Fido has been charming people for centuries with this one: it’s another cute classic that never gets old! 


No matter what trick you choose, be patient and consistent, and offer lots of treats!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health or care? Contact Armitage Animal Hospital, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic, today!