I love trick training. Occasionally I get a client who tells me: But I only want my dog to ‘heel’, or come when called, or go to the mat during dinner times.
While I train all of these behaviours, I do think trick training makes life much easier.
Your dog does not really care if the behaviour you teach is something useful (in the humans perception) or a trick. But the humans are much more relaxed when teaching tricks and it is much more fun for both.
Once you can teach tricks the ‘useful’ things become much easier and all of a sudden, even teaching to heel becomes fun.
I got my dogs because I want to spend quality and fun time with them.
Try a couple of tricks and see how you go!