Trick Tuesday: Sit Pretty

Welcome back to Trick Tuesday!  Every Tuesday, another trick tutorial.

Today, Reggie challenges the cuteness factor by helping me demonstrate the “sit pretty” trick.  This one takes balance and core strength for the dog.  Be sure your dog is physically sound enough to participate.  This isn’t a good trick to teach our senior dogs!

Method: Luring
Skill Level: Intermediate
What you’ll need: Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer, pillows (optional), wall (optional)

This trick not only requires understanding, but also a good degree of balance and strength in your dog’s core.  Don’t be surprised if it takes them many sessions to be able to balance and hold position.  Remember that bracing them with pillows or a wall may help them with this trick.

Happy training!!!

Trick Tuesday: Weaving Skills

Welcome back to Trick Tuesday!  Every Tuesday, another trick tutorial.

Today we will work on teaching our dogs to weave around and through our legs.  This trick is a real crowd pleaser.

Method: Luring
Skill Level: Intermediate
What you’ll need: Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer

Remember that tricks can take several sessions before your dog understands what you are looking for.  Working short intervals (10 repetitions, or 5 minutes tops) to help aid their success.  Be patient and have fun!

Happy training!!!

 

Trick Tuesday: Spin and Unwind

Welcome back to Trick Tuesday! Every Tuesday, another trick!

This week we add a bi-directional spin to our bag of tricks. This trick is lots of fun and can even turn into a “washing machine” command. Once your dog understands how to spin in both directions individually, you can put them together.

Method: Luring
Skill Level: Beginner
What you’ll need: Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer

We also talk about proper timing when adding in verbal cues in this video.  It’s very important to separate your verbal from your signal to help the dog learn a behaviour on the verbal cue alone.  Watch the video for more details.

Happy trick training!

Trick Tuesday: Hand Target

Welcome back to Trick Tuesday – every Tuesday, a NEW trick tutorial!!

Today, we will teach you how to master a hand target.  Hand targets are the beginning of teaching your dog to target to objects.  We can quickly turn this into motion towards other objects.  Once your dog understands how to target to a small piece of plastic, for example, you can then make your target command mobile and start to teach your dog to turn off light switches or close doors – even blow bubbles in water.  The sky is the limit!

Method: Capturing
Skill Level: Beginner
What you’ll need: Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer

In this video, we’ve used the hand target to teach a recall to a deaf dog.  “Squishy” is a CKC Spaniel who was rehomed at 6 years of age.  His new owner quickly realized something wasn’t right and took him for a BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) test.  He was diagnosed with complete bi-lateral absence of hearing.  Time to think outside the box with his training!

Don’t forget to check back every Tuesday for our next trick tutorial.

Enjoy!

Offensive VS Defensive Aggression

When a dog shows aggression, knowing why will go a long way towards helping them.

A dog who is being offensively aggressive may be guarding a person or territory. Their behaviour can be described as confident or aroused. He could pose a definite threat to anyone near.

A dog behaving defensively is frightened. Do not approach him or make him feel trapped.

Here are some key signs of communication through body language to help you identify offensive VS defensive aggression.

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Trick Tuesday: Rollover

Time to rollover and get moving after a long weekend! Welcome to the second posting in our Trick series – teaching your dog to rollover!

This is another simple, but super fun and sure to impress trick!

Method: Luring
Skill Level: Beginner
What you’ll need: Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer

If you aren’t sure what a conditioned reinforcer is, review our first Trick Tuesday post for a quick explanation.

And now, let the learning begin!