Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dog Trick Tutorial - "In the Corner"

Above is a video tutorial demonstrating how Nana learned "In the Corner".  Whether pretending to count for a game of hide-and-go-seek, or acting like she thinks she's been a bad dog, this trick is sure to bring laughs and is always a great addition to any dog's repertoire.

Behaviour:  The dog finds a corner between two walls and stands with his nose placed in it until released.

Step 1:  Place a treat on a sticky note and click as your dog eats the treat.

Step 2:  Hover your hand over the sticky note without actually placing the treat on it.  Click and reward when your dog sniffs the sticky note.

Step 3:  Continue to click whenever your dog sniffs or touches the sticky note with his nose.  Do not click for anything other than nose touches.

Step 4:  Place the sticky note on your knee and continue practicing nose touches.  If your dog gets confused, try tapping the sticky note with your finger or go back to doing it on the floor before trying again.

Step 5:  Hold the sticky note up with your hand and practice.

Step 6:  Begin holding the sticky note closer to the wall, then eventually stick it on.

Step 7:  Move the sticky note to the corner of two walls and practice.

Step 8:  Begin clicking for duration of the trick.

Step 9:  Gradually add distance between your dog and the walls.

Step 10:  Remove the sticky note and continue practicing.

Step 11:  When your dog is performing the trick consistantly, add a verbal cue.

- If your dog ever gets confused, go back a step to help refresh his memory.
- Jackpot your dog when he performs a behaviour exceptionally well.
- Always work at your dog's pace.  Never rush through the steps, as this can confuse your dog and be stressful for him.
- Always end sessions before your dog gets bored.
- Keep sessions short and as fun and exciting as possible.

Keep Training Paw-sitive!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kaiser Featured in "Bengals Illustrated" Magazine

Kaiser has been featured in the latest issue of the Bengals Illustrated magazine!  They included so many pictures of him, and I am very happy with how our article came out. :)  I am so proud of my boy.