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101 Dog Tricks is an international bestseller in 18 languages with over a half-million copies sold worldwide! This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow color photos of each step. Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and troubleshooting boxes cover common problems, while 101 Dog Tricks is an international bestseller in 18 languages with over a half-million copies sold worldwide! This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow color photos of each step. Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and troubleshooting boxes cover common problems, while Build on it! ideas suggest more complicated tricks that build on each new skill. Tricks range from simple ones like Sit, Shake Hands, Fetch, and Roll Over, to extraordinary ones like Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toybox and Get a Soda from the Fridge. Organized by theme, it's easy to find the next trick to work on with your dog. Just a few of the themes to choose from: Chores, such as Newspaper Delivery and Get Your Leash Funny tricks, such as Doggy Push-ups and Play the Piano Dancing, such as Moonwalk and Chorus Line Kicks Love, such as Kisses and Wave Goodbye Trick training will help you bond with your dog and integrate him or her into your family. Tricks also help keep your dog mentally and physically healthy and establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work. 101 Dog Tricks will inspire you to do more with your dog! Millions of people have found success with Kyra Sundance's step-by-step techniques—and you can, too. Also by Kyra Sundance, learn to do even more with your dog with: The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook; 51 Puppy Tricks; 10-Minute Dog Training Games; 101 Dog Tricks, Kids Edition; Dog Training 101; The Pocket Guide to Dog Tricks; Kyra’s Canine Conditioning; and The Joy of Dog Training.


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101 Dog Tricks is an international bestseller in 18 languages with over a half-million copies sold worldwide! This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow color photos of each step. Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and troubleshooting boxes cover common problems, while 101 Dog Tricks is an international bestseller in 18 languages with over a half-million copies sold worldwide! This beautifully designed book features step-by-step instructions with easy-to-follow color photos of each step. Each trick is rated with a difficulty rating and prerequisites to get you started quickly. Tips and troubleshooting boxes cover common problems, while Build on it! ideas suggest more complicated tricks that build on each new skill. Tricks range from simple ones like Sit, Shake Hands, Fetch, and Roll Over, to extraordinary ones like Tidy Up Your Toys into the Toybox and Get a Soda from the Fridge. Organized by theme, it's easy to find the next trick to work on with your dog. Just a few of the themes to choose from: Chores, such as Newspaper Delivery and Get Your Leash Funny tricks, such as Doggy Push-ups and Play the Piano Dancing, such as Moonwalk and Chorus Line Kicks Love, such as Kisses and Wave Goodbye Trick training will help you bond with your dog and integrate him or her into your family. Tricks also help keep your dog mentally and physically healthy and establish paths of communication between you. Many tricks build skills used in dog sports, dog dancing, and dog therapy work. 101 Dog Tricks will inspire you to do more with your dog! Millions of people have found success with Kyra Sundance's step-by-step techniques—and you can, too. Also by Kyra Sundance, learn to do even more with your dog with: The Dog Tricks and Training Workbook; 51 Puppy Tricks; 10-Minute Dog Training Games; 101 Dog Tricks, Kids Edition; Dog Training 101; The Pocket Guide to Dog Tricks; Kyra’s Canine Conditioning; and The Joy of Dog Training.

30 review for 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    While the ideas for tricks were fun, the training technique often used unnecessary punishment during training, and used a lot of luring and physically pushing the dog into position. Shaping behavior was not introduced until most of the way through the book, and could have been used instead of the instruction to "bang your dog on his nose" for trying an unwanted behavior before the dog has figured out what it is you want him to do! An anxious dog or a terrier would give up on training altogether While the ideas for tricks were fun, the training technique often used unnecessary punishment during training, and used a lot of luring and physically pushing the dog into position. Shaping behavior was not introduced until most of the way through the book, and could have been used instead of the instruction to "bang your dog on his nose" for trying an unwanted behavior before the dog has figured out what it is you want him to do! An anxious dog or a terrier would give up on training altogether with these techniques--who wants to play a game where you have to guess but you get smacked for guessing wrong?!? Kyra also has bought into a lot of the dominance theory baloney and insists that you do things like make the dog lose when you play tug together. She also doesn't chain behaviors in the most efficient order, and generally is out of date as far as her techniques go. There are a lot more fun and confidence-building methods to become proficient at all these tricks--so take the training instructions with a grain of salt, but you can certainly take the trick ideas from the book and find your own way to reach the goals with your dog as a partner.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Shaya

    A+ for awesome trick ideas, nice layout and great pictures. C for execution and training suggestions. I have several problems with the training ideas. First of all, don't use a cue until your dog is doing it properly. Don't encourage the dog to do the trick for the first time with the cue. Pleaz! You'll either teach them early on that the cue doesn't mean anything or that the cue means to do it with the mistakes you had in practice. Also, I would have liked to see clickers encouraged more. Click A+ for awesome trick ideas, nice layout and great pictures. C for execution and training suggestions. I have several problems with the training ideas. First of all, don't use a cue until your dog is doing it properly. Don't encourage the dog to do the trick for the first time with the cue. Pleaz! You'll either teach them early on that the cue doesn't mean anything or that the cue means to do it with the mistakes you had in practice. Also, I would have liked to see clickers encouraged more. Clickers are especially helpful with teaching tricks or things that don't come naturally to the dog. And some of the ideas don't quite work. For instance I tried the suggestions for "bow". "Push your hand toward your dog's nose and downward with your dog standing in front of you." I tried it with several variations and couldn't make it work. I've had more luck shaping that cue. So, I'd say it's a worthwhile book for expanding your imagination on tricks but you might need to draft your own way of training them. Still looking for a great trick book.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    Great photos, descriptions, and sense of humor made reading this book a pleasure. I loved the images of the main dog with her thoughts in the margins. hilarious. Kyra covers a wide range of skill levels and definitely bring the "wow" factor if you want to up the ante and set up a skit with your dog I have to disagree with the reader who argued against using the cues from the beginning. Dog training is all about consistency. You don't need to expect the dog to recognize the hand cues the first few Great photos, descriptions, and sense of humor made reading this book a pleasure. I loved the images of the main dog with her thoughts in the margins. hilarious. Kyra covers a wide range of skill levels and definitely bring the "wow" factor if you want to up the ante and set up a skit with your dog I have to disagree with the reader who argued against using the cues from the beginning. Dog training is all about consistency. You don't need to expect the dog to recognize the hand cues the first few times you use them with the vocal cues - the dog won't recognize either! ... but the more (consistent) options you have for each command the better (for your dog and for you)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lynne Fedorick

    As a professional dog trainer, I recommend this book to all of my students. Brilliantly presented, the process for training 101 innovative dog tricks are presented in an easy to follow format that makes it easy for dog owners to bond with and engage with their dogs while teaching them cool tricks. If you have a pointing dog that doesn't get to go hunting, you need this book. Many of the tricks require focus and mental acuity and energy burning physical output (fitness benefits too!) This book is As a professional dog trainer, I recommend this book to all of my students. Brilliantly presented, the process for training 101 innovative dog tricks are presented in an easy to follow format that makes it easy for dog owners to bond with and engage with their dogs while teaching them cool tricks. If you have a pointing dog that doesn't get to go hunting, you need this book. Many of the tricks require focus and mental acuity and energy burning physical output (fitness benefits too!) This book is a winner.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anastasia

    This is an okay book for finding out the types of tricks you can teach your dog, but in terms of the step-by-step recommendations, this just isn't great. There's too much forcing of your dog's behavior rather than luring or shaping, some recommendations, like hitting your dog on the nose, just seem unkind. Ultimately I think it's a bit dated. This is an okay book for finding out the types of tricks you can teach your dog, but in terms of the step-by-step recommendations, this just isn't great. There's too much forcing of your dog's behavior rather than luring or shaping, some recommendations, like hitting your dog on the nose, just seem unkind. Ultimately I think it's a bit dated.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Bayer

    I got this book from the library after getting a different dog training book from the authors of that book and wanting something a little more basic. We have a rescue dog, Moose, who loves learning tricks and also needs to learn more basics. I was looking for simple, fun tricks the kids and I could teach him. I did find a few (such as adapting "shake hands," which he knows, to "wave goodbye") but of the 101 there were only about 6 that I made a note to try and those were very, very basic. There a I got this book from the library after getting a different dog training book from the authors of that book and wanting something a little more basic. We have a rescue dog, Moose, who loves learning tricks and also needs to learn more basics. I was looking for simple, fun tricks the kids and I could teach him. I did find a few (such as adapting "shake hands," which he knows, to "wave goodbye") but of the 101 there were only about 6 that I made a note to try and those were very, very basic. There are some cool sounding tricks in the book like teach your dog to get a can of beer from the fridge, but it's not for real. You can see in the photo that the beer can is actually empty and you have to do things like tie a towel around the fridge handle and put it in a can cooler to make it easier for the dog to actually carry it (and looking closely even then you can see that can was empty too). Your dog is never going to actually get you a can of beer or pop from the fridge from this trick the way it's presented in the book. It's funny as a party trick, but the author never says to use an empty can and that Fido won't be able to actually do it, so it seemed a little shady. (For the record, I don't want to train Moose to get any drinks from the fridge or even to know how to open it, which seems like a terrible idea for our food-obsessed boy anyway.) Each trick has color photos showing about 3-4 steps and a little trouble shooting box. It was helpful for seeing how someone might introduce the idea of some of these positions that wouldn't come naturally to most dogs. I'd recommend it as a library check-out to look for some fun inspiration.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sia Karamalegos

    Best dog training book ever. It breaks down tricks step by step so you can teach your dog positively with less frustration. Also gives handy tips on which tricks you can try next after mastering a particular skill. Photos are great.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Easy for pup My dog took to these easily! She already knew the basics, so to add to them was much easier than expected! It was great for her mental stimulation. She's a border collie mix and really needed to learn new things. Easy for pup My dog took to these easily! She already knew the basics, so to add to them was much easier than expected! It was great for her mental stimulation. She's a border collie mix and really needed to learn new things.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    This is the best dog training book I have read. It is easy to understand, good print and pictures. :-)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Fun tricks to teach pup! There's many levels of difficulty so I'll have this book ready to refer to when Coco is ready and she's a fast learner. Fun tricks to teach pup! There's many levels of difficulty so I'll have this book ready to refer to when Coco is ready and she's a fast learner.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Luis Barragan

    Excellent book for teaching tricks to your dog. Illustrations and step by step guide are clear and the best part is the "Troubleshooting" section, which always helped. Excellent book for teaching tricks to your dog. Illustrations and step by step guide are clear and the best part is the "Troubleshooting" section, which always helped.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pato Myers

    I didn't try all of these by any means, but the tricks I did teach my new puppy worked well. I didn't try all of these by any means, but the tricks I did teach my new puppy worked well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Lots of cute ideas, and it is heavily illustrated, though the methods are pretty typical of the transitional period of popular dog training when the book came out. I didn't find the step-by-step instructions for some of these behaviors to be particularly clear or useful, and if you prefer marker training (clicker training), you will have to modify some of the methods (i.e. not introducing a verbal cue until the dog already knows the behavior). Your dog will need to have a general training foundat Lots of cute ideas, and it is heavily illustrated, though the methods are pretty typical of the transitional period of popular dog training when the book came out. I didn't find the step-by-step instructions for some of these behaviors to be particularly clear or useful, and if you prefer marker training (clicker training), you will have to modify some of the methods (i.e. not introducing a verbal cue until the dog already knows the behavior). Your dog will need to have a general training foundation before undertaking much of the book, and the later "tricks" are often things that I very much doubt most owners will do at home (unless you're actually seriously getting into agility, I can't imagine putting an agility teeter totter in the yard). Some won't be appropriate to all dogs. This isn't necessarily a weakness, but I wouldn't say that most readers should go in expecting to teach all of the exercises in the book. I do find the book's emphasis on dominance theory particularly strange in a trick book, but I suppose that's also a function of when the book first came out. For me--cute for ideas, but my current dog isn't yet at the training level for most of these to be immediately useful, and I would have to modify methods and such pretty heavily anyway to work for him.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shari

    This is a very good book that has strong illustrations on training your dog for tricks. It was recommended to me by a dog trainer. I have a poodle mix who is exceptionally smart. I was able to use a lot of these recommendation to train him in several tricks. The only one, which is crucial, that he would not take to is the retrieve. He thinks if it's in his mouth it belongs to him. "MINE!" So that's as far as he got in his training. That retrieval is a foundation to many more tricks. I do strongl This is a very good book that has strong illustrations on training your dog for tricks. It was recommended to me by a dog trainer. I have a poodle mix who is exceptionally smart. I was able to use a lot of these recommendation to train him in several tricks. The only one, which is crucial, that he would not take to is the retrieve. He thinks if it's in his mouth it belongs to him. "MINE!" So that's as far as he got in his training. That retrieval is a foundation to many more tricks. I do strongly recommend this book for those that are serious about training their dog. P.S. My cat picked up a few tricks from this book too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Irene McHugh

    One of the convenient things about this instructional dog trick training book is that you don’t have to read it cover-to-cover. After you’ve chosen the tricks you want to work on, the book becomes a handy reference tool. Each trick entry follows an easy-to-follow format, they're organized thematically, and the step-by-step directions are clear and concise. For a more in-depth review, please visit McSquare Doodles, my blog about training our two Labradoodles to become certified therapy dogs. One of the convenient things about this instructional dog trick training book is that you don’t have to read it cover-to-cover. After you’ve chosen the tricks you want to work on, the book becomes a handy reference tool. Each trick entry follows an easy-to-follow format, they're organized thematically, and the step-by-step directions are clear and concise. For a more in-depth review, please visit McSquare Doodles, my blog about training our two Labradoodles to become certified therapy dogs.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Ligaya

    The most important part of this book is the very first section that stresses being consistent with your dog. The photos are helpful but I was sometimes confused in the text as to when the author inserts the verbal or visual cues to many of the tricks. Some tricks seem very much out of order in the book, so it lacks a bit of continuity in building upon what the dog as already learned. But there is a large variety of things to teach your dog successfully. This is a great book to start dog training The most important part of this book is the very first section that stresses being consistent with your dog. The photos are helpful but I was sometimes confused in the text as to when the author inserts the verbal or visual cues to many of the tricks. Some tricks seem very much out of order in the book, so it lacks a bit of continuity in building upon what the dog as already learned. But there is a large variety of things to teach your dog successfully. This is a great book to start dog training.

  17. 5 out of 5

    yaasymin harris

    Has been super helpful So, I bought and read this book before I got my puppy, but recently decided to read it again. We haven't gotten down all of the tricks, but I'm confident with time we'll be able to. I like how the book tells you want to do, the gives you step by step instructions, followed by pictures to give you a visual. I'm a very visual person, so even though I read the guides, I find it easier to follow tte pictures and look at the queues that way. This is definitely worth the read. Has been super helpful So, I bought and read this book before I got my puppy, but recently decided to read it again. We haven't gotten down all of the tricks, but I'm confident with time we'll be able to. I like how the book tells you want to do, the gives you step by step instructions, followed by pictures to give you a visual. I'm a very visual person, so even though I read the guides, I find it easier to follow tte pictures and look at the queues that way. This is definitely worth the read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aggis

    A fairly comprehensive list of tricks and how-to’s. I did take off a star since many of the foundation how-to’s were fairly outdated and the language was pretty punishment based. I don’t think I would recommend this book for a new dog owner since they will follow the skills exactly and there are other less invasive ways to teach some of these skills. Language aside it was a very clear and well detailed trick list. It provides a great baseline on how to start teaching 101 Tricks.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennah

    LOVE this dog training book! It provides a step-by-step explanation , tips, and pictures for each trick. There are beginner, intermediate, and advance tricks for all dogs. From this book I have trained my two Australian Shepherds to crawl, roll over, high five, play dead, jump hoops, and jump when told.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    Gives lots of ideas about different tricks to do with fun photos. The "step-by-step" part was a bit lacking as there was great jumps between steps or things which were glossed over. I mostly appreciated it as an idea book and used techniques for shaping and bonding activities which were learned elsewhere. Gives lots of ideas about different tricks to do with fun photos. The "step-by-step" part was a bit lacking as there was great jumps between steps or things which were glossed over. I mostly appreciated it as an idea book and used techniques for shaping and bonding activities which were learned elsewhere.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    This is a great book to teach your dog some tricks. My puppy is clicker trained, so I tried to use the techniques that way, but it didn't seem to help. So I tried her method. I liked the trouble shooting and the pictures. I'm teaching my two dogs one new trick a week from this book, and it's pretty fun! This is a great book to teach your dog some tricks. My puppy is clicker trained, so I tried to use the techniques that way, but it didn't seem to help. So I tried her method. I liked the trouble shooting and the pictures. I'm teaching my two dogs one new trick a week from this book, and it's pretty fun!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Classic reverie

    Kyra Sundance puts out a nice looking book with lots of pictures with step by step but again almost all these tricks are not for my dog but maybe for yours. We don't get the newspaper so no need to fetch that or would I want her to fetch my slippers, she would chew on them. Not looking for fancy and different tricks but the ones that make her a good puppy.🐶 Kyra Sundance puts out a nice looking book with lots of pictures with step by step but again almost all these tricks are not for my dog but maybe for yours. We don't get the newspaper so no need to fetch that or would I want her to fetch my slippers, she would chew on them. Not looking for fancy and different tricks but the ones that make her a good puppy.🐶

  23. 5 out of 5

    Andrei Barbu

    Nice to get ideas about what to do, but it's not well organized or written. It also advocates rather harsh methods at times. It also suggests that one should repeat the same command until it is followed. Look for ideas about what is possible and then find better ways to train the same behaviors elsewhere. Nice to get ideas about what to do, but it's not well organized or written. It also advocates rather harsh methods at times. It also suggests that one should repeat the same command until it is followed. Look for ideas about what is possible and then find better ways to train the same behaviors elsewhere.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jen (NerdifiedJen)

    Like a cookbook, I'm not sure when it is appropriate to mark a book of dog tricks "read". I have gone through and looked at every trick and tried several, so I'm counting it. Some of these are so out there! I'm looking forward to teaching Fred some truly ridiculous ones once she has a firmer trick foundation. Like a cookbook, I'm not sure when it is appropriate to mark a book of dog tricks "read". I have gone through and looked at every trick and tried several, so I'm counting it. Some of these are so out there! I'm looking forward to teaching Fred some truly ridiculous ones once she has a firmer trick foundation.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sisters Three

    This book is a lot of fun! Our GSP is way too stubborn to learn most of these tricks, but this book was worth it just to be able to teach him to shake! We had tried for months to teach him to shake and nothing worked till we tried the method in this book. Now he shakes, loves high-fives, and will even wave! And just a week or so ago we got him to do double high-five! This was great!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Donna Ferber

    Book is very engaging, easy to read. Instructions are easy to follow.- at least it thought so.. At the end, among other things, I learned to roll over with aplomb and carry a beer in my mouth; my dog did not.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Lynch

    Helpful for training a new pup or young dog! Some of the tricks are a bit too complicated for my dog, but overall it's a nice guide to keep you and your dog busy right now. I've found that after 30 minutes of training my dog is more tired than if she ran around for 30 minutes. Helpful for training a new pup or young dog! Some of the tricks are a bit too complicated for my dog, but overall it's a nice guide to keep you and your dog busy right now. I've found that after 30 minutes of training my dog is more tired than if she ran around for 30 minutes.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Wallace

    Nicely laid out. Nice pictures. Lots of fun tricks. To repeat what other's have said, "don't use a cue until your dog is doing it properly. Don't encourage the dog to do the trick for the first time with the cue." Nicely laid out. Nice pictures. Lots of fun tricks. To repeat what other's have said, "don't use a cue until your dog is doing it properly. Don't encourage the dog to do the trick for the first time with the cue."

  29. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Holy bananas! There are a ton of tricks and I felt more like I. Was training for a dog show rather than basic and advanced command. Good book, super overwhelming.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Excellent resource!

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