Training Your Boston Terrier to Spin (Step by Step)

Does your Boston Terrier have a few tricks up their sleeve? If you’re looking for a new party trick, teaching your pup to spin is a great one!

While it looks complex, the process of teaching your Boston to spin can be broken down into easy steps.

Here’s a step-by-step guide with detailed instructions on how to teach your Boston Terrier to spin.

How To Train Your Boston Terrier To Spin

Why you should teach your Boston Terrier to spin?

Boston Terriers can learn lots of tricks. Spinning is one of them. People will be impressed when they see your dog do it. It’s also a good way to have some fun with your Boston.

Should you teach your Boston Terrier other commands before you teach her how to spin?

Teaching your Boston Terrier other commands before you teach her how to spin is a good idea. This will help her learn the spinning trick faster. Some good commands to teach her before spinning are sit, stay, down, and come.

Read this list of essential obedience training your Boston should know before you start teaching them tricks: The 10 Most Important Commands To Teach Your Boston Terrier!

How long will it take to teach my Boston Terrier how to spin?

It is going to take, on average, 12+ tries before your Boston is going to pick up on this new command.

These findings come from a poll conducted on the Boston Terrier Society’s Twitter community. With over 44+ Boston Parents responding, the majority state it takes their Boston 12+ attempts before they learn a new command.

See the poll here…I may have spelled try funny, but the information is all the same 🙂

What should I not do when teaching my Boston Terrier how to spin?

Do not get angry or frustrated with your Boston if they are not picking up on the spinning trick right away. Remember, it will take some time and patience for them to learn this new command. Remain positive and keep rewarding them for their efforts, and they will eventually succeed!

Step by Step – How to teach your Boston to spin

Step 1: Start with Basic Obedience Training and Positive Reinforcement –

Before you begin training your Boston Terrier to do any type of trick, it is important that they have proper obedience training first. This ensures that they understand basic commands such as “sit” and “stay”. Once they have mastered the basics, introduce positive reinforcement in the form of treats or verbal praise when they obey commands correctly.

Step 2: The Command –

Once your pup has mastered basic obedience skills and is comfortable responding to commands using positive reinforcement, start introducing the command for spinning. For this trick, use the command “spin” or “turn around”.

Say this command each time before you give them a treat or verbal praise for the successful completion of a task.

Over time, your pup will learn that when you say this command, it means something special and exciting is coming their way!

Step 3: Teach Your Pup How to Spin –

When teaching your Boston how to spin on command, start by having them sit facing away from you while holding a treat in front of them between their paws (not too close though!).

Gently encourage them with words like “come on” or “you can do it” as you move the treat around behind them in an arc shape until they turn all the way around in order to follow it.

As soon as they successfully complete one full rotation, give them lots of praise and reward them with the treat!

Continue practicing this until they can consistently perform one full rotation when given the command.

Step 4: Increase Complexity –

Once your Boston has learned how to spin one full rotation on command (and are consistently doing so), increase complexity by adding additional rotations before rewarding them with treats and verbal praise.

You can also work on increasing speed and complexity by asking them to spin multiple times quickly without pausing in between rotations.

Again, make sure that you are rewarding the successful completion of tasks with treats or verbal praise so that they know that what they are doing is correct and appreciated!

What other epic tricks can I teach my Boston Terrier?

Some other epic tricks that you can teach your Boston Terrier include:

– Jumping through a hoop

Sit Pretty

Playing dead

If you want even more fun tricks to teach your Boston, check out this article on Boston Terrier Society: 15 Epic Tricks To Teach Your Boston Terrier!

Final Thoughts

Teaching your Boston Terrier how to spin may seem intimidating at first but once you break it down into manageable steps it becomes much easier! By starting basic obedience training followed by introducing commands associated with treats or verbal praise and slowly increasing complexity over time, you can help ensure success in teaching your pup this fun party trick!

If you want to learn more commands and tricks you can teach your Boston Terrier, be sure to visit our article, 49 Commands And Tricks You Can Teach Your Boston!

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

Recent Posts