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Tutorial - How to teach your dog to scratch your back

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Uploaded on Jan 23, 2010

This is the first step-by-step tutorial video that I have made on how to teach your dog to scratch your back.

1. Put a treat/a few treats under a container. Make sure your dog sees the treat/treats and use your dog's favourite treats in order to get the best results.

2.Be patient and wait for your dog to scratch the container. Click and treat immediately after your dog scratches the container.

3.Wait for your dog to scratch the container a few times before you click and treat.

4. Add in a verbal cue and a hand signal just before your dog is going to scratch the container to cue him/her. Click and treat immediately when your dog follows your cue.

5. Use a piece of paper instead of a container. Repeat steps 1-4 if necessary.

6.Place the piece of paper on your back and ask your dog to scratch it. Click and treat immediately after your dog scratches the paper on your back.

7.Finally, cue your dog to scratch your back without using the paper. Click and treat immediately after he/she does it.

Tips:
- Go through every step slowly to ensure a stable foundation before going to the next step.
- Be generous with your rewards.
- If you have a big dog, you can ask your dog to scratch your back when you are standing.
- Be patient when you go through steps 6 and 7 as some dogs don't quite like to do tricks without facing you.

Caution:
- Make sure that you trim and file your dog's nails and the nails are round and smooth before you ask him/her to scratch your back to prevent yourself from being injured by your dog's nails.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me a message and I will try my best to help you. Please comment as I would love to read your comments.Lastly, I wish you success in teaching your dog this trick and hope both of you had an enjoyable time learning this trick.

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