Monday, December 13, 2010

Creepy Christmas Evergreen Reindeer gives birth to a new trick!


I know this video is long....
and it is dark, but if you put it to full screen it is easier to see....


Cricket and I were at a food court and found this WEIRD EVERGREEN REINDEER, that was SCARY! Cricket started barking at it and actually pulled out of her collar-yikes! Cricket is usually not afraid of anything but seems to be going through a fear period right now.

I used some training where if Cricket walked forward I would reward her with a relief of pressure...I would run off from the scary reindeer, it all seemed to make her feel safe enough to explore the reindeer. I tried to make it a fun game of course.

A few minutes later,.....Cricket was jumping on the reindeer and a new trick was born!

If you just want to see the trick you can go to about 1:50 sec. or so into the video ;-). I thought it was cool how the reindeer is not that stable, and it jingled, and it was CREEPY (after all how many larger then life reindeer's do you see sitting in the food courts you go to?) but after a few minutes it was a cool prop for our reindeer games!

ISN'T CRICKET JUST TOO CUTE? At least I think so.

10 comments:

Priscilla said...

OMD! I think she is adorable too!!!
That reindeer looks funny, but then I've never seen a reindeer on two feet :P
I've never seen that game before where you reward for stepping closer then relieving the pressure. Sounds like a neat game and must be useful when our dogs are going thru a fear period.

Sara said...

That thing is creepy!

Cricket (and you!) did a great job working thru that fear! She's awesome.

Diana said...

Wow, way to work thur that. Cricket was awesome, and of course so were you. Diana

Ricky the Sheltie said...

The creepiest part is a reindeer with a LAP? Cricket was amazing going from being scared of the reindeer to jumping on it! Great job! Seemed like a new way to do ball work!

Jules said...

Awesome job!! It was great to watch Cricket go from being very cautious and a bit nervous to hopping in the reindeer lap. You did a super job relieving pressure!

Cynthia said...

Dogs get weird about the ... weirdest things. LOL Cool that she has you to help her through this and get confidence!

kiwichick said...

Very cool Kathy! I wish I had distracting things in my small country town to work through challenges like this. :-)

Morganne said...

LOL! What a great video! and you did such a great job with Cricket. I was laughing out loud when she jumped up on the ugly reindeer.

Sagira said...

Way to go Cricket. Not only did you overcome the fear you made a new friend. :)

Nat said...

AWESOME job working through her fear!!!