Originally Posted by HatsuneMiku
i wanna teach my dog how to do the play dead trick!! .. i have no idea how to start .. =) can you help me?
you'll want a rock solid and quick down command first, so tune that up if needed afterwards pick a cue for play dead. I've heard people say "bang" and point at the dog as if they're shooting it and it plays dead, i'm in the process of teaching my mix to play dead when i yell 'avada kedavra' (harry potter nerd, lol) - but u can use whatever
next, while the dog is in a down, put a treat to his nose and circle it back behind his shoulders and over his back to get him to roll over on his side - then begin verbal praise or use a clicker if you so desire - you can say reinforce the position by using the word in your praise such as "good, bang, good bang, good dog"
keep practicing like that until your dog starts to seem to understand whats going on, eventually you'll get to the point where he's standing, you say bang and he starts to go down, immediatly encourage him and guide him the rest of the way. tricks tend to take a lot of time and patience to teach but dont give up, it's always worth it in the end