May 6, 2007 1:16pm CST
How many other people have taught their dog tricks? My girl is a retired show dog, and she gets bored really easily so I find that the more I can keep her doing to keep her occupied, the better. We've been working on a few tricks that I wanted to share: BOW A number of approaches are required to teach your dog this trick: *The first involves praising your dog when he naturally exhibits the behaviour, for example when he stretches or crouches when playing. You have to be pretty alert to spot when he does this, so it can take some time before he fully grasps this. You can speed up the training process: * Knee down and get your dog to stand in front of you. * Hold a treat near the ground in between his front legs. As he bends down (even just a small amount) to reach it, praise and treat him. * Repeat this and gradually increase the amount he has to bend down before he is allowed to have the treat. As he gets the hang of it, start to introduce the command word "BOW". * If, after a few training sessions your dog is not grasping this trick, you can also try this: *Ask your dog to stand at your side. Please a treat on the floor just in front of him. *Ask your dog to lie down using whatever command he understands this with. *As he lies down, hold his tummy up. Treat and praise whenever he displays even a small amount of movement in the right direction. CRAWL (Your dog must know 'Down' command before) Start by having your dog lie down. Hold a treat just in front of his nose and say, "Crawl." If he starts to stand up, say, "No, down...crawl." Pull the treat away, keeping it low, near the ground and say, "Craaawl." When your dog moves even an inch or two without standing up, praise him and say, "Good dog! Craaawl."
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7 May 07
I've taught my PON "high five" and this little trick where he has to guess which hand is holding the treat by pawing at it. I guess thats a variation of the high five. Only problem is, he's wrong more than half the time! Guess we have to work on it. . He also knows all the basics like sit, stay, down, rollover but he suffers from "selective hearing" so actually performing one of these depends on the weather and many other factors. My Beardie has ADD and not only has shown me that he cannot learn "high five" (plus he's picky about having his feet touched anyway), he also took 6 months to actually sit on command because he focuses on something for about 10 seconds, tops. Then he finds something else to do.
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6 May 07
To be honest, my dogs don't really know any tricks, however they have taught me a great deal over the years, such as: Never leave socks or underwear where dogs can reach them- otherwise they will be on display on the lawn for all the neighbors to see. If possible, buy everything wireless, or the dogs will make it wireless (which is why I have a wireless keyboard and mouse). When buying clothes, make sure that it blends well with dog hair... since that's what it will be covered in most of the time (for my work clothes) lol When outside, never trust a male dog to stand next to you. Otherwise, you turn into a hydrant.