Originally Posted by Jag View Post
Would she do this off-leash? Not a snowball's chance in Hades.
The task is daunting, but I'm going to say that we've learned much in 12 days.
Fell in love: Instantly
Most humans approach things they consider serious and important in a more intense way than something that they consider fun and not so important.
I have always admired movie dogs, the way they are trained is fantastic and yes it's all tricks that get put together.
I don't see how teaching a dog to go to a mark, then drop, then half recall, then stop on a different mark is that much different from some other obedience exercises? It teaches them to be aware of you, it teaches them body awareness and also focus.
The most impressive thing I've seem was a movie dog (funnily enough a GSD) standing on a rock ledge pulling up a bucket on a rope.
For him to do this he needed to know several "tricks" that were strung together. He had to pull the rope, then had to step on the rope to stop the bucket falling while he let go to grab the rope again then reach down to pick the next section of rope and pull again.
Also you'd be amazed how many people that are weary of my dogs warm to them when they see them do a "high five" or "say your prayers"
Each to their own I guess *shrugs*