How to teach your dog to read
Are you looking for a new trick to teach your dog? Why not help them learn to read with this step-by-step guide.
We all know dogs are intelligent, but you can really impress your friends by teaching your dog how to read. To get started, you’ll need two boxes and some of your dog’s favourite treats. If your dog is more motivated by toys, use their favourite toy instead.
Training your dog to read
Choose the words you want your dog to read
The words we've chosen are ‘Amazon’ and ‘Fetch’. If your dog already associates ‘Fetch’ with the game of fetch in the park, then use a different word.
Write your chosen words on the boxes.
Place one of the boxes on the ground at a slight distance. Throw a treat towards the box, and say the word on the box at the same time.
Then call your dog back towards you and keep repeating.
Next, pretend to throw the treat towards the box, but don’t actually throw it this time – simply gesture your hand and arm towards the box. As soon as your dog gets there, throw the reward. Repeat.
Introduce your second word
Now your pup has learnt to read one word, introduce the next word in a different location with the same steps as before.
Phase out the arm signals
Once your dog is used to going towards one box for that word and the other for the other word, you can begin to phase out the arm signals.
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