How to train Maltese dogs to do tricks?
Maltese puppies are cute, but you need to learn some cool tricks to make them even more charming. The cuteness factor of your little puppy will skyrocket, plus you'll have a lot of fun together! In addition to working with pups, all of these tricks are especially fun to do with older dogs. It takes PATIENCE, PERSISTENCE, and lots of praise to teach these tricks!
In order to become a good pup citizen, a well-behaved dog must obey seven commands: Sit, Down, Stay, Come, Heel, Off, and No. This is a general list of tricks. It is possible to teach your Maltese new tricks such as dancing and shaking hands with some effort.
You can teach your Maltese puppy the fun trick of dancing. If your puppy jumps on people already, this trick will work well for them. You can teach your dog the classic dog trick of shaking hands so easily (even your stubborn little one will be able to do it!) It's also super cute once your Maltese puppy learns it.
At about seven to eight weeks of age, Maltese puppies begin to learn basic obedience commands such as "sit," "down," and "stay." Most formal training is not done until the sixth month of age. This is actually an unsuitable time to begin formal training.
Steps for training a Maltese
These simple, step-by-step instructions cover a wide range of tricks. They can be adapted to any trick.
Step 1: Train them when they are pups like babies
Establish yourself as the pack leader as soon as you bring your Maltese puppy home. Due to the fact that Maltese owners typically treat their puppies like babies, the puppies tend to ignore rules and do whatever they want without knowing what they are supposed to do. Adorable Maltese puppies sometimes get into trouble because of their cuteness. A puppy with this mentality will grow into an adult dog who is much more difficult to train.
Step 2: Use a one-word or two-word command
It is difficult for puppies to understand or respond to multi-word phrases. Learn a few simple commands for your puppy such as sit, stay, speak, come, down, etc. Provide the puppy with the command and assist him in completing the command at first if necessary. Say "Sit," then gently push the puppy's rear on the ground, then reward him with a treat. Don't be too lenient with the puppy. You should play with your Maltese puppy daily for mental stimulation as well as for playtime as they are playful and love to impress people.
Step 3 - Treats are always a good reward.
Your Maltese should be rewarded with treats until it is completing the command every time. Start weaning your pet from receiving treats every time you give him commands when he responds correctly to multiple commands throughout the day. When he correctly answers the command three times out of four, he gets a treat. Instead of treating him, tell him he did a good job and give him affection when he doesn't receive a treat. Once he no longer needs a treat to complete a command, reduce the number of times you give him a treat.
Step 4 - Use Positive Reinforcement
In addition to being intelligent, Maltese respond to positive reinforcement very quickly. When your Maltese completes a command correctly, always praise or affectionately reward it. The method of positive reinforcement is the best way to train your puppy. Positive reinforcement works well with the Maltese breed because it is affectionate and eager to please.
As the Maltese learn more commands, they become more proficient. There is no specific number of commands that they can be taught at one time, but it all depends on your training style and the dog's temperament. You should start by teaching one command at a time to your dog if you want him to be effective at learning.