|Barked: Sun Nov 18, '12 10:06am PST |
|Leg weave is easy to teach. Just lure with a treat or use a target stick to make your dog to walk between your feet, go around one and then repeat into another direction. Then you fade the lure and add a command. This trick can be varied - you can walk backwards or stand still or the dog can walk backwards (tho is maybe a bit more difficult to teach).
I put my hand under my dog's belly and lure her to lie down with my other hand. Then I rewarded for bow position and fade my under-belly hand. This was very difficult with Alva because she has pretty strong down and tried to offer it all the time. But eventually she understood I wanted her to have her butt up and front down. It might be easier if your dog hasn't been taught to lie down by luring.
Probably the most difficult trick I've taught Alva. She could not understand why I wanted her to walk when one of her paws was in the air.
Alva lies down and crosses her paws. She knows how to give paw when I hold my hand in a certain position. I used my hand as a paw target and placed it near her left paw. She gave me the right. Rewarded. Then I put my hand on her left paw and when she touched it with her right I rewarded. Then she had to stretch her right paw over her left to reach my hand. I rewarded. Then I faded my hand, at first I touched a spot on her left side, she tried her right paw and finally I could leave the hand help out.
Alva lies down. I take a lure past her head and over her back. She has to bend herself to reach it. I reward. Some trials later I increase the difficulty. She squirms her hind legs. I reward. She is reluctant to squirm her front and have it into another directions than upright. But I get her to lie on her side. Then she must gain trust to roll on her back. Thereafter it is easy fade work. If she squirmed into wrong direction I removed the lure and try again.
Netta's spectacular trick where she dropped "dead" and lied on her side. I lured her into a bow and then to roll on her side. Her anticipation did the rest of the trick. I was actually training her so that if I had tried to lift her she would have lied still. I've tried to teach this to Alva, but it's still a work-in-progress. I tried to link Netta "dying" and making a bow above.
Close the door
I taught Alva to touch a piece of tape and then attached it onto a closet door. So she learned to touch the door. Next I opened it a bit and after a plain touch was no more accepted she, frustrated, offered to push it and got a reward. Then I opened the door/drawer more and more. I also taught her that the clanking of the door produces a treat - she wants to push the door until she hears a clank.
Unwear my socks
I partially shaped this one. I held my woollen sock in front of her. She knew then that the trick had something to do with it. She offered touching it. Reward. Then, I wanted her to grip it. She did (remembers retrieve training). Then I wore the sock like a glove, loosely on my hand and she grap it. During next trials I expected her to pull it for rewards that she did. I noticed I cannot use this trick if I don't want to end with socks with holes. My socks are probably too tight. But gloves are ok for Alva.
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