If you’ve ever tried and failed to teach your cat to do something, you probably have the impression that felines are incapable of learning tricks the way canines do. After all, it’s rare to see a cat respond consistently to commands, even in movies. While it’s true that cats are less inclined to seek your approval than dogs, with a little patience and plenty of rewards, you can have your mouser following basic commands with ease. Here are 5 surprising things you can train your feline to do with the help of a clicker training tool and some of her favorite treats.
The “sit” command is one of the first things you teach a dog because it’s simple and easy. It’s also a great first trick for a cat to learn. Follow these steps and your tom will be sitting in no time:
To maximize the effectiveness of your lessons, it’s important to do them when your kitten is hungry and really wants his treats. You’ll know when he’s done with lessons when he no longer shows interest or suddenly becomes preoccupied with grooming himself.
Teaching Kitty to lie down is fairly easy once she knows how to sit. Here’s the process:
If you can’t get your little hairball to lie down on command, try waiting until she does it on her own. Take her to a location where she likes to lounge, then wait until she does so on her own. As soon as begins to lie down, immediately give the verbal cue “down” and mark the action with a click. Follow by rewarding her with a treat. She may be confused at first, but with consistency, she will learn to associate the reward with the command “lie down” and the action.
Spinning is one of the most impressive tricks you can teach your feline and will show off his coordination and flexibility. You’ll need some type of lure to teach the spin command, so consider using a small spoonful of soft cat food or a treat. When you’re ready, follow these steps:
As with all other tricks, you want your feline to eventually complete a spin without requiring a lure. This may take time, so be patient.
A waving kitten is one of the cutest sights you’ll ever see in your life, and you can enjoy the moment repeatedly when you teach your little fuzzball how to wave on command. Here’s how to get started:
You can also teach the “wave” command by dangling a new toy just out of your feline’s reach, then rewarding her when she reaches for it.
Move over, dogs! Cats can learn how to shake just as well as you can! Teaching your kitten to shake is refreshingly simple. Here’s what you do:
Be careful not to make this action uncomfortable for your mouser. Don’t raise his paw too high or hold it too tightly. If he resists, you may want to try again later.
Once you’ve mastered these tricks, you may choose to move on to more complicated options such as “roll over” and “fetch.” It’s even possibly to teach your feline how to use the toilet instead of a litter box! You may be surprised to discover how willing your kitten is to learn new things when he’s consistently rewarded for his actions.
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