Sunday, May 29, 2011

A super easy trick taken on the road

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial day weekend.

The dogs and I have all been working hard on completing our assignments for the Sylvia Trkman Puppy 2 class. For awhile it seemed we were hopelessly behind but all of a sudden we are almost caught up. One of the tricks we were assigned is closing doors and drawers-a good prep for teeter work. This was one of the EASIEST tricks we have done. We just started with a paw touch to a rubber spatula, then held the spatula to the door once the paw touch was really strong. A few times of touching their paw to the door and closing it-all three dogs had got the idea. It is the only trick I can think of that was easy for all three of the dogs, usually a trick may easy for one or two dogs...but will be difficult for the other dog ;-).

We were also assigned doing tricks in new places. It is always fun to combine assignments and this gave us the chance to see if the dogs were generalizing the task to all sorts of drawers and doors different then the ones at home, and it gave us a chance to work with different distractions. The home center employees are always great to my dogs and did not have a problem with letting the dogs close the cabinets.

7 comments:

Sara said...

LOL. Well, I've never seen that at MY home depot, but I wish I had!

You're so creative!

Jules said...

I was reminded this weekend how important it is to practice in new and exciting places. That's awesome all three are rocking that trick! :)

Priscilla said...

It's so good that you can practise in the public! Amazing job!

Ricky the Sheltie said...

I like using the rubber spatula to teach the paw touch! Very creative!!

Sam said...

This is one trick that I've taught that Marge LOVES to do. I should take a picture of her closing the fridge.. she puts in so much force! The spatula idea is good as well as the application to teeter training. I taught Marge to do it with her nose, a paw touch might have been better.

Diana said...

Very cool. How does it help with the teeter?

Kathy said...

Diana-Closing cabinets can help so they are controlling the bang of the cabinets, and letting them know things moving under their feet are ok