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Discussion in 'Sheltie Training' started by j-hawk, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. j-hawk

    j-hawk Forums Regular

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    Indigo can sit, down, rollover, crawl, shake, high five, spin and speak to both voice commands or hand signals. We are also working on howl, but he is not vocal, so he is resistant. Other than playing dead - which is too creepy for me - what other tricks are there?
     
  2. romeosangiovese

    romeosangiovese Forums Enthusiast

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    How about weaving through legs? That's fun and easy to teach. We picked that up not long ago! Backing up? Jumping through a hoop (or over your arm or through your legs in a V as you lie on the floor)? Object discrimination (give his toys names - ball, monkey, stick, etc, and have him fetch the one you want, or get him to bring the remote!)? Pawing his nose? Shaking his head? Nodding? Limping? There's a user on youtube that has put up great vids on how to teach some of these tricks! Go search for the user kikopup. You'll be so inspired. I was rearing to go train after I watched those vids!

    I particularly like tricks that actually serve a purpose (other than to amuse me! :biggrin2:) like picking things up and putting it away in a basket (no more toys on the floor!).

    HAVE FUN!!
     
  3. Caro

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    Also if you watch some doggy dancing (canine freestyle) on youtube you can pick up some tricks. You might even be able to put together a whole routine.

    I find moving tricks handy when we are out and for training. This includes weaving, figure eights, walking on back legs, going backwards and hand targeting moves. Actually if you teach a hand target you can get the dog to do lots of other movements. As shelties are small they can do quite a lot of tricks for small dogs. Weaving helps with weaves if you do agility. Otherwise the moving tricks are good fun when walking along. It keeps the dog stimulated and focused.

    Not sure about teaching limping. My male was faking a limp at one point to get attention - after a couple of vet visits I had someone watch him when I wasnt looking and sure enough he was only limping for me!:lol:
     
  4. BarbV

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    Congrats on what you've accomplished so far!

    I'm just happy that my pups sit and come when I ask! :eek:
     
  5. romeosangiovese

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    Caro, hilarious! Maybe I should rethink the limping. I won't want Romeo offering the limping trick and me thinking he's hurt himself and visiting the vet every few days!
     
  6. dunia77

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    I wonder if you've come across the book "101 Dog Tricks" by Kyra Sundance ?
    I highly recommend it, it never gets boring and it's very well written and illustrated. Me and my dog Spyker are now on covering his eyes with his paw ("shame") - terminally cute when performed by a sheltie. Jumping through a hoop (or your arm, leg, back whatever) is also a great fun for most shelties and a real crowd pleaser :winkgrin: Pushing a button on a phone/baby toy/etc is cool too and so is retrieving and finding object (most shelties are not natural retrievers, but I shaped Spyker's retrieve quite successfully with a clicker).
    I really recommend the above-mentioned book - and have fun!
     
  7. Gingers Mom

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    I second "101 Dog Tricks" by Kyra Sundance, I got it for Christmas. It's easy to follow and use. It also has some Agility and pre-agility "tricks" in it.
     
  8. Starr

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    Ooh, I got to get this book! I've been working with Ember out of the KISS puppy book. It's okay, but not many tricks at all. Thanks for the tip.
     
  9. j-hawk

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    Thanks for all of the great recommendations! I will definately get that book! And we have started working on "weave"!
     

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