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Time for tricks

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by McKenzie, Mar 23, 2020.


  1. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Very soon my country will be in lockdown and what better way to occupy ourselves than with tricks!

    I’ll post what we’re working on each day and you’re welcome to join in, either with the same tricks as me or with your own tricks choices, and we can all share tips about how to teach certain things.

    Trying desperately to find some silver linings right now!
     
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  2. Twiggy

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    I'm up for it although pretty useless videoing but I'll give it a try.
     
  3. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    That would be good, I might need some help with some advanced tricks for McKenzie.
     
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    I’d like to join in but need some trick inspiration.
     
  5. JoanneF

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    I'd love to teach T to jump through my arms, or an arm arched over my leg, but not sure how to start - any suggestions would be welcome.
     
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  6. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    I'll put up a list of the tricks I'd like to teach Elliot a bit later today - he's not had much in the way of trick training so he's still beginner level really.
     
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    I think we might all be joining you fairly soon as people are refusing to behave.
     
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    I'll join in, probably with Izzy. Earlier when I was giving them a treat and asking for tricks to get it and it went something like..

    Jasper- sit, twirl, spin, down, shy, cross paws, bang, beg. Good boy!

    Izzy- sit... Good girl!

    :Shy
     
  9. McKenzie

    McKenzie PetForums VIP

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    Yes that's what it's like around here too! It's Second Dog Syndrome!
     
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    I'm currently teaching Horace to read
    Using basic symbols on flashcards. So far he understand sit (a triangle) and down (a horizontal line) and we're currently working on twist (circular arrow). If nothing else it wears him out and should make for a nice video eventually.
     
  11. KLuna

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    We would love to join in with Luna. She can do some advanced tricks but also struggles with some simple ones like roll over.
     
  12. JoanneF

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    Remember some dogs have body shapes that make that more difficult - it might be to do with that rather than not mastering the trick.
     
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    Love the tricks thread! I will endeavour to remember to do it.
     
  14. Cookielabrador

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    Had some free time this evening - but I don’t know how to upload videos. Some blurry snapshots instead :D

    play dead..
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    cover eyes..

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    And she hasn’t forgiven me for this one :Bag
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    I’ve been trying to teach her some more advanced ones like weaving between my legs, but she’s lost motivation and is snoring on the floor lol. I might try again in the morning
     
  15. Twiggy

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    It's a heck of a long time ago now but I think I taught Fidget by having her in a sit/stay then making a big thing of placing a treat or toy on the floor a few paces away. I then got into position between her and the treat/toy, made a circle with my arms in front of me (and about 9"-15cms off the floor) and then told her to get the treat/toy in an excited voice. We had a really long carpeted hall at our old address and I did all my HTM training in there and think I used the wall to prevent her ducking around me to get the treat. It doesn't matter initially if your hands don't meet to make a perfect circle. Hope that makes sense.
     
  16. JoanneF

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    Perfect sense, thank you!
     
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    Of course it would be much easier if you could enlist a helper to hold the dog's collar and throw the treat/toy through your arms. I know I taught Fidget on my own as there was no chance of hubby leaving his chair and the TV.....LOL
     
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    Well, Mr F seems to now have more time on his hands than expected.
     
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    I’m going to join in as well :)
     
  20. McKenzie

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    I’m starting today with walking backwards with Elliot. He walks backwards naturally anyway so shouldn’t be too hard hopefully!

    Not sure what to do with McKenzie, need to do a bit of research!

    What’s everyone else going to try?
     
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