The Benefits of Teaching Dogs Tricks

Sit, stay, lay down, fetch, shake… What do all of these things have in common? They’re all tricks! If you’re a pet owner chances are that you have taught your furry friend a neat trick or two.
Dogs are often willing students with the right motivation. They enjoy the stimulation of human interaction and most certainly wouldn’t turn down a tasty treat as a reward for a trick well done! While we often teach our dogs to do silly or helpful things for our own amusement, the process of learning tricks actually has proven to provide many health benefits to our pawesome pals as well!

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Tricks offer a variety of positive perks for dogs. By learning tricks, dogs have shown improvements in their daily lives with things such as anxiety reduction and increased confidence, but the bonuses don’t have to stop there! If what you’re trying to teach your dog is active enough, learning tricks can also provide a healthy workout for your pooch. And who doesn’t love a good workout? Both younger dogs and older dogs benefit from exercise, but training a puppy or juvenile dog to learn tricks can improve concentration as well as provide a release for pent-up energy.

Do you have a friend who’s afraid of dogs? Maybe you can even ease their fears by getting your pup to perform a trick or two!

Our volunteers at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia work hard. They take our dogs out for well-deserved play time in our outdoor runs and sacrifice time that they could be spending on themselves to improve an animal’s day. And, you guessed it, some of our dogs even know tricks because of the patience and love of our HSNEGA helpers!

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If you’d like to learn how to become part of our HSNEGA WOOFgang or HSNEGA AdvoCATs, then check out the volunteer page on our Website! Our programs for volunteers include many different categories such as teen volunteering, group volunteering, general volunteering, and even Corporate Companions! We could always use a few more friendly faces in our family of animal lovers, so fill out a volunteer form and stop in!

Information for this post was compiled from the following sites:

Dogster – Dog Trick Training Benefits

Pet First – Five Health Benefits of Teaching Your Dog New Tricks

Written by Kelly Kucera, HSNEGA Marketing Communications Intern
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