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How To Teach A Border Collie To Play Dead

Introduction

Teaching your Border Collie new tricks can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. One impressive trick to teach your Border Collie is how to play dead. This can be a great party trick and will surely impress your friends and family. In this article, we will guide you through the steps to teach your Border Collie how to play dead.

Step 1: Basic Training

Before teaching your Border Collie to play dead, it’s important to ensure they have a solid foundation in basic obedience training. Make sure your Collie knows commands such as “sit,” “stay,” and “lie down.” This will make it easier for them to comprehend and follow the steps for playing dead.

Step 2: Choose a Cue

Pick a specific cue or command that you will use to indicate your Border Collie to play dead. Common cues include “bang,” “play dead,” or a hand gesture. Stick with one cue consistently throughout the training process to avoid confusion.

Step 3: “Lie Down” Command

Start by giving the “lie down” command to your Border Collie. Once they are in the lying down position, reward them with praise and a treat. Repeat this step several times until your Collie is comfortable and responsive to the “lie down” command.

Step 4: Rolling Over

Next, you want to teach your Border Collie to roll over. Use a treat to lure them onto their side, while saying the cue word for playing dead. As your Collie rolls onto their side, reward them with praise and treats. Gradually increase the duration they spend on their side, until they are comfortable staying in that position for a few seconds.

Step 5: Adding the Cue Word

Once your Border Collie is consistently rolling onto their side, it’s time to introduce the cue word for playing dead. Give the “lie down” command, followed by the cue word for playing dead. As your Collie rolls onto their side, use the cue word again and reinforce with praise and treats.

Step 6: Shaping the Behavior

Now, you want to shape the behavior of your Border Collie fully playing dead. Gradually increase the duration they stay on their side before rewarding them. Use the cue word consistently and reinforce with praise and treats when they successfully play dead.

Step 7: Practice and Reinforcement

Finally, practice the trick regularly with your Border Collie. Reinforce the behavior with treats and praise each time they successfully play dead. Consistency and repetition are key to ensuring your Collie retains the trick.

Conclusion

Teaching your Border Collie to play dead can be a fun and entertaining trick that will impress others. Remember to be patient and provide positive reinforcement throughout the training process. With consistent practice and reinforcement, your Border Collie will soon master the trick and be ready to show off their new skill!

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