Hovawarts aren’t necessarily the most prone to please sort of breed. Thus motivating them may in some cases be extremely difficult because you need to be very motivating and unbelievably patient. I’m always looking for ideas for new tricks and things I can teach Afri, so here I’ve listed a few videos I found on Youtube for ideas. Afri enjoys learning when the whole learning phase is sort of chopped into little simple pieces. Hovawarts are extremely impatient and prone to get bored whilst learning, Afri is no exception. However she does enjoy learning when it is made fun and includes lots of treats ;)!
The other thing that I have also noticed that it is good to train new things 15 min maximum so she wont have time to get bored. Also it is important to go back to the easy “safe” tricks she already knows; keeps up the motivation! I personally enjoy teaching tricks, especially the part when the dog “gets it”. It’s like a light bulb switches on above their heads and they’re thinking, “Aha! Now I get it!”.
A few months ago I taught Afri to roll over, which she loves doing! Spinning is something we’re working on at the moment and the next thing on my “to-teach-list” is this:
Easy and fun, just what Afri likes 🙂 Here are some other videos for inspiration
This was a trick I tried teaching Afri, but unfortunately the tape didn’t work out for us. She didn’t care that there was piece of tape on her muzzle and just happily dozed off. Need to think of an alternative for the tape.