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05-29-2013 12:33 PM
Merciel More frivolity from Dog Mob:


My camera work is pretty bad on this one, sorry! I had a hard time keeping it focused while fixing the box lid.

Also, the very brief (and possibly unnecessary) background is that Pongu is and always has been a huge spiteful jerk to poor long-suffering Crookytail. Some of that is founded on their actual interactions, some of it is embellished for entertainment value, but it's been a running storyline between my dogs for a while now.
05-12-2013 12:01 PM
Merciel Thanks!

If anyone is wondering how to teach them, I posted write-ups on my dog blog here:

Merciel's Dog Blog: Dog Mob: Assistant Bartenders (the margarita trick)

and here:

Merciel's Dog Blog: Happy Easter Egg Hunt! (the Easter egg trick)

I don't have a writeup for the backwards stairs one, alas.

It took about three weeks to teach the Easter egg trick from nothing (we didn't even have a basic retrieve when we started) and two weeks for the margarita trick, mostly because Crookytail is not that bright and takes a long time to learn stuff. Pongu had his part down in two sessions, but Pongu also already had some prior familiarity with scent discrimination, so it was easier for him.
05-11-2013 10:37 PM
marshies Wow! Awesome tricks Merciel!
05-07-2013 10:40 AM
DJEtzel I've seen this before on another thread. Frag could easily get a few of the titles, but I just don't have the money for it.
05-04-2013 03:21 PM
Merciel It's not an AKC title, if that's what you're asking. The organization is totally separate.

I think it counts toward Versatility titles, but that may be dependent on your breed club. Sorry, I don't know much about that!

Here are a few of Pongu's "expert" tricks.

Backward stairs:


Easter Egg hunt:


Margarita trick for my dad's birthday (we did a video compilation for his 60th; the joke here is that he likes margaritas but frequently forgets how to make them), co-starring my Akita mix Crookytail:

05-03-2013 11:55 PM
Cheyanna Does this go on the akc paperwork? This sounds like fun.


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05-03-2013 08:46 PM
Merciel Oh fun!

My crazy mutt puppy Pongu has his TDCH. It's a very fun program and a great option for people who feel intimidated by other sports, have reactive/fearful dogs who don't do well in the competition-ring environment, or who are just plain looking for something new to do with their furry friends.

Plus once you have all the foundations done, you can use that as a springboard to invent new goofy things to amuse yourself and your dog. In that sense, it's a superb investment of training time -- you might not be able to make it out to the agility field on a busy day, but you can sure spend a few minutes teaching a new trick.

I really like the program and am all for more people giving it a try.
02-21-2013 12:06 PM
marshies 2 week update for Puppy and I

Yesterday we made a breakthrough in our figure 8 weave, which was the trick we have been working on these past two weeks. I had been luring her, and gradually fading out the lure. But yesterday, she only looped around one of my legs before running to grab a piece of food from the floor in front. I had given up on that repetition of the trick, when she ran back and completed the second weave by herself. After that, I knew she clearly understood what I am asking of her, and our repetitions following have been much better!

I would say our Figure 8 is almost ready!
02-09-2013 11:23 PM
marshies
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Do you need at least one of the books shown? Are they commonly available or just on line?
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I have seen the books at big box pet stores (pet smart, petco).
If you look through the list, many of the tricks can be googled online!

For example, today I was trying to teach the figure 8 weave, and found a video just by goolging.

I do plan to get the book though, to help with some of the more difficult behaviors.
02-09-2013 10:44 PM
wildo
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Do you need at least one of the books shown? Are they commonly available or just on line?
I have seen the books at big box pet stores (pet smart, petco).
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