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We covered the basics for dogs but now lets learn some tricks for our feline friends. Cats can be taught just like dogs, the trick is in the treats. Cats are very food driven so as long as you have the puuurfect snack they will be more than happy to learn the commands listed below!
Train Your Cat to Sit
Like dogs, cats can be trained to sit also! It is easiest to get them to sit in preparation for meals and treats. Take the food and when they sit down to look at you say sit and reward them.
To Come When Called
Not so much a trick, but rather a helpful tactic for getting your cat's attention when you need it. Teaching your cat to respond to its name is much the same as any other trick or behavioral training tactic. Treats, or clickers both work for reinforcement.
To Shake Hands
This trick is good to use after your cat has mastered "sit" and "come." When they are sitting, just raise their hand say shake and give them a treat.
Use a toy they like! For example, anything infused with cat nip usually does the trick. Throw the toy and when they have it call them back. Give them a treat and throw again. They will pick up the game in no time.
To Walk on a Leash
The best way to get started is to first familiarize your cat with the leash or harness itself. Perhaps ‘play’ with it a little, while your cat is around, or leave it in some of his or her favorite spots around the house. Establish it as safe and inviting. Then, try the harness or collar by itself to let your cat get comfortable with the fit and feel of it. After that has become second nature, you can attach the leash and begin going for small walks together!