How to Teach Your Dog to Say Prayers | Dog Tricks

Teaching your dog to say his or her prayers
is a trick that you need broken down into multiple parts. That is, it’s not a behavior that’s just one
thing the dog is doing. The parts are as follows. You’re teaching first for your dog to put
their paws up on an object, and then the second part is that you’re teaching your dog to bend
down and to put their head down on the object so it looks like they’re saying their prayers. So the way we’re going to teach this is, the
first step is going to be teaching our dog, “yes”, to put a paw onto an object. Make sure that object is appropriately sized
for your dog. In Nora’s case, this object is just high enough
that she only has to lift her paw a little bit. If you have a smaller dog, like a Maltese
or a Chihuahua, this stool should be a little lower, and if you have a bigger dog, you might
want it to be a little bit higher. So, again, what I’m looking for is for Nora
to come forward, yes, and put even just one paw on this object. When she does that, I’m going to let her know
that’s what I’m looking for by using a marker. In this case, the word “yes.” Good job. The next step in this trick is to have her
understand that I’m looking for her to put both paws on this object, so now I’m changing
the criteria. What might happen here is that Nora might
decide that she’s a little bit confused, because for a number of repetitions I rewarded her
for putting just one paw on this object, and now I’m waiting for her to put a second paw. So be fair to your dog and make sure that
you go slowly, and you’re very encouraging. This is not something that you want to rush,
or that you want to push your dog to do, because you don’t want training to be stressful. So I’m going to wait for her to put one paw
up. I’m going to ignore that behavior now. This, again, might be a little confusing for
her. She might hold that. She might try and put her head down, because
she understands that’s something I like a little bit. If she gets sort of stuck, I might help her
with a little bit of luring or prompting. Yes. In this case, I moved my hand forward a little
bit, knowing it would make her body move forward and bring the other paw up. So let’s try that again and see if now . . . yes. So that one time of helping her a little bit
was enough for her to sort of have a light bulb moment and think maybe she wants me to
put two paws up there. So now we’re going to repeat this a number
of times until she, yes, is consistently putting both paws up on the object. Once we get to that point, what we’re going
to do is we’re going to help her to understand that we want her to put her head down so it
looks like she’s praying. So I’m going to take my hand in this case
and use a little bit of luring, which is I’m going to lower my hand down towards the stool
a little bit so that her head lowers. If your dog doesn’t know this behavior yet,
what you want to do, yes, is start to reward for tiny steps in the right direction. So if her head goes about here, I might say,
“Yes” and give her a reward, even though it’s not the full behavior, or the full trick. But eventually what you want to do is ignore
those movements that don’t go all the way down to the stool and wait for her head to
go all the way down. Yes, good job. When you get that full behavior the first,
second, and third times, you want to throw a party and give your dog a jackpot that is
extra award so they really understand how great it is to do that full behavior that
you’re looking for. So now let’s see if Nora has got the idea
and understands that when I say, “Say your prayers,” yes, that’s what I’m looking for. And that is how you teach your dog to say
his or her prayers.

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48 Responses

  1. Alexandra Leal Silva. says:


  2. AJ Grape says:


  3. Mike says:

    Pretty cool

  4. MVN says:

    lol dog religion….i rathe have a satanic dog…lol jk this is great stuf

  5. Naruto Uzumaki says:

    my dog told me she's an atheist πŸ™ so does it won't work

  6. DabRecycleMichael says:

    time to convert my dog now….

  7. Billy Johnson says:

    Great video

  8. jazmine washinggton says:

    Can u use ur forearm

  9. MicrosoftBob says:

    What do I do my dog dosent have it's right arm πŸ™

  10. Rodia Driftwood says:

    What the fuck? We're teaching religion to dogs now?

  11. Rodia Driftwood says:

    You for him, my brother, for he will BURN IN HELL!

  12. Garehhh says:

    Convert your dog into a Christian! πŸ˜›

  13. bpatryk69 says:

    How can I teach my dog to get a job?

  14. ✌(Κ˜β€ΏΚ˜)✌ 6iX says:

    How to Teach Your Dog Tebowing?

  15. dear baby, says:

    Why does the dog need to pray my goldfish doesn't pray and he seems okay

  16. Enne1609 says:

    Yeah I had a long talk with my dog…and she's atheistic.

  17. baden platt says:

    can i teach my dog to grow a boner, thanks that would be great!

  18. Hunxho.1k says:

    He is so cute

  19. lilminer69er says:


  20. Najmat Al Jazira says:

    hhhhhhhhhhhh that was funny thums up

  21. Najmat Al Jazira says:


  22. Randy2 says:

    how do you teach your dogs to pray the gay away?

  23. AnuarPhysics says:

    This dog is a Badass! 2:06



  25. gabby benzor says:

    Heck! My aunties dog just prayed without even learning! There is a religion class to dogs!

  26. Fan Girl says:

    My chow chow ends up lying down everytime he does the two paws thingy, what will i do?

  27. Jana Shehata says:

    what should i do if im dog keeps going round the stool to get to the treat and refuses to put his paws on the stool

  28. Cosmos says:

    Next up, how to teach your dog to read the bible

  29. Vikiings says:

    I gotta say this is a joke look at the subscribers okay 4,2,0 420!

  30. Foxyfnafquiles says:

    awwww so cute 😊❀

  31. Jeanne Strauss says:

    So cuteβ™‘

  32. Tumblin' Sam says:

    my dog gets up on the stool and puts her head down but she doesn't do it fully and she doesn't to the flattening of the arms she suppose to. please help me πŸ™

  33. Gine Caspe says:


  34. Robert Bishop says:


  35. Emily Kovacs says:


  36. ayyodanny says:

    Well it kind of works with my yorkie, but he only wanna do it with the treats

  37. the master baiter says:

    So we are indoctornating dogs into our religions now?

  38. Tristan520212 says:

    how come you didn't use clicks this time? or did I just not hear them?

  39. Mater Candy says:

    I have a dachshund and I use a shoebox for her to stand on.. I put the box in front of her and she automatically knows to put both feet on but she gets stuck there. Please help.

  40. Blue The Person says:

    My grandparents are gonna love this trick!!!

  41. alienated says:

    ay yo

  42. Laura Giuggio says:

    Great video and very helpful! What do you do if you're dog starts putting his paws on things you don't want him to? Thank you!

  43. Zoomzoom 7777 says:

    Too much talking

  44. Grey Bar0n says:

    What if your dog is an Atheist?

  45. SmartyPants Dogs says:

    Very nice. You explain shaping with a marker so nicely, and your dog is so helpful. πŸ™‚

  46. Melissa says:


  47. Minecraft Pro says:

    If your dog doesn’t do something you want them to do don’t get mad at them they just are confused

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