SUMMARY: In which we start pursuing tricks real serious-like (or is that Sirius-like?).I signed up for 2 days of auditing a Sylvia Trkman tricks seminar in December. I started thinking about how pathetic my dogs' tricks repertoire is, especially after having Remington who was quite the trick dog in his time. (Nowadays, especially with internet videos showing how to train your dogs to do all kinds of things, his tricks would be mostly considered pretty basic.)
So for the last 3 days I've been working on improving some tricks and adding some new ones. There must be something to karmic communication, because my parents showed up today with the book "Dog Tricks - 40 fun activities for you and your dog" for me. It's always fun to get a new tricks book to see what variations on a theme they might have, or new ideas I haven't tried before.
So--let's run down the list of tricks as introduced in this particular book.
(the late great)
|Sit||yes--could do a long obedience sit-stay||yes--start-line stay is a little iffy||yes--good start-line stay|
|Stay||for my dogs, "Sit" and "Down" automatically incorporate "stay until released"|
|Down||Yep, always a little slow||Yep, getting slower||Yep, very fast usually|
|Drop it||pretty good||erm, not really||iffy|
|Fetch something you throw||Never liked it much||Getting better on command.||Pretty dang good.|
|Shake hands||Yes||Yes, also shakes left hand on request||Yes|
|Take a bow||Yes||sometimes "stretch" on command||sometimes "stretch" on command|
|Kissyface||No, but tried. Not really a licking dog.||No||No, but hmm she licks a lot, could be taught.|
|Jump for joy||No||Does it on her own; maybe could teach it.||No|
|Roll over||Yes||Yes, fairly well||Yes, fairly well|
|Jump over your legs||never tried||Hmmm--could do this||ditto|
|Get your leash||No||No--worked on it for a while and quit||Yes|
|Beg/sit pretty||Yes||just learning||just learning--getting it|
|Fetch a specific item||Not really||Worked on it some||Will look for some specific items: Dish, leash, lattice, tennis ball--|
|Leave it||Decent||Never worked on it||Ditto|
|High five||Yes||Yes||just learning|
|Spin||"left" or "right" on command||ditto||ditto|
|Carry [something]||not a chance||not really||Not bad with frisbee|
|Figure 8 around legs||Yes||Yes||just starting|
|Jump up (on a chair etc)||Yes||yes||yes|
|go to your bed (and stay there)||Yes||Yes||OK with direction|
|Put away your toys||No||just started||One at a time with encouragement|
|balance biscuit on nose/catch||Yes||Decent||just started|
|Act shy (hide face)||Yes||No||No|
|Find the keys||No||No||No|
|Close the door||No||No||No|
|Crawl||Forward and backward||Just started||No|
|Follow a scent trail (drag treat along floor)||Took some tracking classes to follow my scent trail||No||No|
|Pull cord to turn on light/fan||No||No||No|
|Run through a tunnel||Duhhh!||Duhhh!||Duhhh!|
|Jump through a tire||Duhhh!||Duhhh!||Duhhh!|
|Touch a nose target||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Run down a ramp and touch a nose target||Pretty much||Pretty much||Pretty much|
|jump over hurdles||Duh!||Duh!||Duh!|
|jump onto a table, lie down, and stay until released||Yes||Yes||In theory--|
OK, how cool is it that they include a chapter on agility obstacles in the book? Looks like there are a few basic ones in there that I could work on. But here are some others that we do:
(the late great)
|Find a treat (hidden)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|cha-cha line||No||just started||ditto|
|Bang!||Yes||Yes||Just started but already she's added her own flavor to it.|
|Get in the box (like a cardboard box)||No||Pretty much||Pretty much|
|Lie on one side||Yes||Yes||No|
|balance biscuit while sitting pretty or walking||Yes||No||No|
|Say your prayers||Yes||No||No|
|Hang ten (paws on your arm)||Yes||No||No|
|Where's your nose?||Yes||No||No|
And probably more that I'm not thinking of at the moment.
Sooo--I want to fill out my table with more yesses, and add more interesting, more up-to-date tricks. Like, I love the one where the dog blows bubbles in a bowl of water. I actually started that once with these gals and they were doing great and I forgot about it again. Agility, you know.
Or standing on two legs--one SIDE's legs! That's got videos online, too.
Or balancing on my big yoga ball--started with both of them and abandoned. That takes a lot of work. But would be very good for their muscles.
So--onward, like I don't have enough to work on with cleaning up boost's rear crosses or serpentines or bar knocking, or tika popping out of the weaves when they run into a wall, or like that.