One of the easiest tricks you can train your dog is to teach your dog to yawn on command. This trick can be taught to any dog of any size or breed and by anyone, and by anyone I mean children and adults.
What you will need before working out with this trick is the treat. You can also use something that your dog likes, like a favorite toy or a eulogy, depending on how your dog responds. For simplicity, I will use some treats in my article, but you can replace it with anything that works with your dog.
Place your gift nearby, preferably somewhere close to which you can easily access. What I do is that I put my treats on the table next to my sofa, in a jar so that it can be easily accessed and without having to open a bag to reach them.
When your dog takes a nap or is sleeping nearby, watch carefully and wait for him to wake up. Most likely your dog will wake up. This is the perfect opportunity to reward your dog for yawning because this is the behavior we want to reinforce. All you have to do during this time is say the word “Yes!” at the same time your dog yawns and immediately give him a gift later.
Your timing must be very precise so that your dog can learn to yawn. If you do it several times a day for a week, you will notice that your dog will start yawning on its own without being tired just to receive a surprise. Once that happens, it is a golden opportunity to associate the “You’re tired” command with the behavior of yawning.
Once you see your dog yawning, say “You’re tired” and give him a present. It would take about a week to completely condition your dog to yawn on command. Obviously this is relevant for the number of times you train a day or if your timing is perfect, but on average you should expect to have a fully trained trick like this in two weeks.
Now that your dog has learned to yawn on command, you may want to show it to your friends and family. The best way to do this is to actually do it with several other tricks so that you look more like a performance. For example, you could ask your dog to shake his leg, roll, turn around, give you five … and finish with “you’re tired” of all these tricks, that your dog will inevitably yawn.
Well, here, this is an extremely easy trick to train your dog and I encourage you to train as many tricks as you can, since training is one of the best ways to build rapport with your dog and connect with him. Have a good time!