By Hannah Stein The winter holidays are only a few weeks away and family is coming to town, so you've got to impress. Try showing off your dog's smarts by teaching your pup these fun tricks! Here are some tips before we begin: 1. Make sure your dog has a motivator. For some dogs it's treats, a clicker, or a toy, while for other dogs, it's their special bond with you. 2. Keep training sessions short and brief. It's difficult for a pup to learn if they are tired or frustrated.