Simple Tricks To Teach Your New Puppy

Posted by Dawn Donaldson

Puppy high fiving a woman Simple Tricks to Teach Your New Puppy

It is vital to continually challenge your puppy and continue to teach them beyond the basics. We have a few tricks that every puppy should know. We recommend working with your puppy at least a half an hour before you go to work and then when you get home from work. Why is this you might ask? By working with your puppy about an hour a day you can master a few simple tricks to teach your new puppy.

Keeping The Momentum

Guiding and teaching your puppy the basics when you have this much momentum makes so much sense to keep challenging them. So many people make the mistake of trivializing tricks with their puppies, but the basics are sitting down, staying calm, some leash walking that is easy to master. Here at Dog Day Every Day we have added a few other tricks to try to master with your puppy.  Of course, everyone has a smart puppy, so this will be an easy lesson!

Spinning in a Circle

According to Dog Day Every day, a canine’s drive to hunt makes spinning in circles a trick that any puppy can learn. “You can use your puppy’s natural feeling to rely on their nose to find food into luring them to move in all sorts of ways.”

  1. Let your puppy sniff the treat in your hand.
  2. Move your arm in a wide circle around the puppy as you give the cue, “spin.”
  3. Encourage your puppy to follow his nose to spin in a circle and reward them with the treat.
  4. Once your puppy understands this trick, graduate to only using the word “spin” or making a circular hand or arm gesture to elicit the behavior.

Puppy High-Five or Shake Your Hand

Is there anything more adorable than a handshake (or a high-five) from your best pal? This trick requires that your dog already knows “sit”.

  1. Ask your puppy to “sit”.
  2. Gently tickle the back of the leg until the puppy lifts the paw while using commands like “give paw” or “shake.”
  3. Reach for the paw and reward with a treat for carrying out the handshake. The same steps can be applied for a “high-five” command; hide the treat in your fist and try to get your puppy to paw at your hand while using the “give a high-five” prompt, ultimately opening your fist and rewarding your puppy for touching your open palm.

Dog Day, Every Day is devoted to making sure our guests are balanced and healthy through proper mental and physical exercise. We accomplish this by providing a fun, safe and secure atmosphere for them to run and play with their friends. You want the very best for your canine companions and so do we. Stop by today and see our facilities or call us at 513-860-DOGS and take the next step in fun for your canine.

During the summer, we discussed how to protect your dog from pet heat stroke. In our last post, we talked about handling your dog’s back to school separation anxiety. Part of going back to school means that after a hot summer, fall is right around the corner. While the cooler weather will be a very nice change, it also brings up several important health issues for dogs:

Start Watching Out for Antifreeze Now

Antifreeze is a substance that’s used in vehicles and is highly toxic to dogs. What makes it especially dangerous is it has a sweet smell that dogs are attracted to it and will then try to lick. Unfortunately, less than two tablespoons can kill a ten pound dog. While antifreeze spills are most common during the winter, they can occur during the fall, which is why it’s worth being on the lookout for them starting now.

Don’t Forget About the Dangers of Candy

Halloween is a big part of fall. For many households, that means lots of candy. There are also plenty of other fall events that can involve candy. Although there’s nothing wrong with satisfying your sweet tooth by having a little extra candy throughout the fall, just remember that the same isn’t true for your dog. It only takes a little bit of chocolate to make your dog sick or even worse, so be sure candy is kept in a secure location where there’s no chance of your dog being able to reach it.

Ticks Can Still Be Active in the Fall

Once the cold of winter sinks in, the chances of your dog having any issues with ticks go way down. However, temperatures are still warm enough through most of fall for ticks to remain active. That’s why there are two things you should do for your dog. First, continue using a tick control and/or repellent product. Second, be sure to manually check your dog for ticks after it’s been around any taller grass. Even though most control and repellent products are quite effective, it’s still worth taking a close look at your dog to ensure that none slipped by.

Use Rat Poison and Rodenticides with Caution

As the temperature starts dipping lower, rodents like mice may try scurrying inside for warmth. This leads many people to using rodenticides. Just be aware that a lot of those poisons can be toxic to dogs as well. So even if you aren’t using any, be sure you know if a neighbor is utilizing them near a fence or anywhere else your dog may be able to access.

If any changes are happening to your schedule this fall and you want to be sure that your dog gets all the care and attention it needs during the day, be sure to take a look at our dog daycare service!


Although it always feels like it’s going to last forever, summer is once again coming to an end. Part of summer wrapping up and beginning the transition into fall is kids going back to school. If you have kids, they’re probably a little bummed that summer is coming to an end but overall happy about having the opportunity to go back to school with their friends. However, one member of your household that probably isn’t going to be nearly as happy about this change is your dog.

During the summer, your dog gets used to having people around the house more during the day. So when back to school season arrives, the sudden loss of that activity and focus on getting back into the school routine can be quite tough on a dog. That’s why we want to cover exactly what your dog may experience during this transition, along with what you can do to help your dog feel its best:

Keep An Eye Out for Separation Anxiety and Depression

Understanding the differences between separation anxiety and depression is helpful for knowing if your dog is experiencing either of these problems. With separation anxiety, the most common symptom is erratic behavior. Whether it’s frantic clawing, excessive barking or destructive chewing, these are all signs that your dog is struggling with this seasonal change. Depression takes a different form and is most commonly exhibited by loss of appetite, lack of energy or not wanting to play.

Creating a Positive Back to School Schedule

There’s no way to prevent separation anxiety or depression with complete certainty. That being said, there are definitely ways to minimize the likelihood of these issues coming up with your dog. The best thing to do is ease into a consistent routine. A good routine starts with exercise in the morning. Even just fifteen minutes of walking and playing outside can start your dog’s day on a positive note.

Next, when the time comes for you and the kids to leave, don’t make a big deal out of it. Providing a treat or toy and then heading out will help prevent your dog from feeling any negative emotions. For a dog that’s prone to anxiety, leaving a TV or radio on while you’re away can be helpful.

Ideally, someone will be able to come home during the day to see the dog. When you come home then or in the evening, once again avoid making a big deal out of it. Keeping a calmer attitude will make your dog feel the same. Do be sure to get another round of exercise in the PM.

While those steps are helpful, you can make things even better for your dog by taking advantage of our doggie daycare. Our great staff and social environment can help your dog stay engaged and happy throughout the day for as little as $15 a day!

For most people, August means two things. In addition to summer winding down, it’s also the time of year when both kids and parents are making the transition back to a school schedule. Since there’s often a lot involved in making this transition, it’s easy to overlook the impact it can have on every member of a family. Specifically, many owners aren’t aware that this transition can trigger separation anxiety in dogs. Because we know that no dedicated owner wants their beloved pet to feel upset, we want to dig into the specifics of this issue, as well as what you can do to combat it.

Separation Anxiety in Dogs 101

According to data compiled by Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, a full 20% of the eighty million dogs who live in the United States suffer from separation anxiety. It’s worth noting that for dogs in the senior age category, that figure increases to 29-50%.

How do you know if the back to school shift causes your dog to experience separation anxiety? The most common signs of this condition include obsessive barking or whining for long periods of time, chewing furniture, shredding paper, house soiling or ripping the stuffing out of pillows. If your dog generally doesn’t do these kinds of things but suddenly starts exhibiting any of the signs, you shouldn’t punish them for their behavior. Instead, you need to take the right steps to help them deal with the separation anxiety they’re likely experiencing.

4 Ways to Help Manage Canine Separation Anxiety

The first thing to do is try to minimize how long your dog is at home alone. If you or your partner can come home during lunch, that can make a big difference. The second strategy is to avoid turning departures or greetings into an overly emotional experience. Third, try to establish a routine so you can calmly leave your home in the morning. Finally, be sure to schedule enough time in the morning so that your dog gets ample exercise before being left alone.

Doggie Daycare is a Popular Solution for Separation Anxiety

Whether you try the tactics discussed above and don’t see a change or want to help your dog feel its best as soon as possible, doggie daycare is an option you should strongly consider. At Dog Day, Every Day, we’re experts at helping pets just like yours feel comfortable, engaged and not lonely.

When a dog stays with us, they will be in a supervised environment with lots of positive stimulation. Thanks to the environment we offer, we’re able to help alleviate feelings of separation anxiety when you’re at work and your kids are at school. And with rates starting at just $15 a day, we make it easy to take full advantage of everything we have to offer. Call us today at 513-860-DOGS to get answers to any specific questions you may have about our doggie daycare.