How many tricks or commands does your dog know? I’m proud that Jake can sit, lie down (usually), stay, come, and react to “Out of the garbage!!!” pretty quickly. He doesn’t really know tricks, because we taught him the shake-paws business, and he almost blinded people by offering his paw constantly in all the wrong situations. (For instance, you’d be lying on the couch, almost asleep, then a paw with stout nails comes scraping across your face. It basically meant “I want, please!” and he wanted all kinds of things — always food-related — and had no compunctions about showing it.) Untraining him was far more of a trick, but he eventually cooled off on the paw business.
When I saw the video below, however, Jake’s repertoire suddenly seemed very minuscule. Check out this amazing dog who seems to absolutely love doing double-Dutch jump rope. (Some YouTube viewers have complained about the music. Just turn it down if you don’t like it, because the doggy is great without it, too.)
I always like to know how dogs learn things like this, since my dog’s “tricks” can fit into the palm of his scratch paw. Fortunately, the dog’s owner, Samantha Valle, who travels around North America with Stunt Dog Productions, tells about the trick and the dog on her YouTube page:
“The dog is Geronimo and she’s a two-year-old cattledog mix. I pulled her out of a pound in Missouri while I was performing there two summers ago. She was three months old. Mo’s specialty is tricks. She loves to train tricks, but also has a knack for agility and frisbee. I have seven dogs total, all mixes of herding dogs, which are my favorite.
“This trick took five straight weeks until it was perfect for me to call complete. I practiced it every single day, several hours a day. Now, there are a lot of hours in a day, folks, and I like frequent breaks, although Mo wonders why we are stopping and not jumping all day long. 😉 Mo will work all day, she loves to EAT!!
“This is the first time I’ve trained this specific trick, so it was all trial and error. There were no specific steps I really took that made a huge difference. All I can really remember doing is trying a bunch of different things, rewarding her small successes until the trick was complete.
“This trick is so amazing because of all the things going on at once. Think about it: She has to find that ‘sweet spot’ in the rope where she can jump in, wait for the perfect time to jump in, watch the board on the floor and the ropes at the same time so she knows where and when to jump in, then she must time the jump perfectly, land, and immediately find the rhythm of the ropes and jump. She’s just not running and gunning it. She waits for the right time (which through hours of practice, she has figured out) and jumps in. The stick is there to keep her in the middle of the ropes. As i found out by teaching my other dogs to jump with just one rope, they all want to jump right on top of you or into you really closely.
“My vision for this trick is exactly how you see it now: A dog that runs and jumps into two ropes while staying in the middle as if she were jumping like a human. I’m happy with the end result. Mo is happy to jump, and I hope you all are happy to view her video and watch her having a good time.“
Hope this helps you jump into your Tuesday with a smile on your snout!