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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-15-2019, 09:23 AM Thread Starter
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Graduation Trick

What sort of unique "trick" have you been able to teach a dog you own or have owned...I'm asking because.for the first time for me in 40 years I have a young male Aussie in a group obedience class...graduation is a few weeks away and the instructor/trainer has asked the group to teach their dog a trick for that evening....the GSDs I've owned or worked with in the past weren't known for their tricks...... but maybe someone here had a dog that was "special" in that way....

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I had an Italian Greyhound that needed to learn a trick for his graduation. His was “bow”. Super easy to train since IG’s do lots of stretching, and when he stretched into a play bow position, I would click and treat. Of course everyone thought it was adorable. Which it was, lol.
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I taught Nyx several tricks. The easiest was playing dead. Are you looking for tips on how to teach a trick, or just some trick ideas?
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I taught mine to spin around and sit. I used what we had learned as “the finish” where they go from a Front Sit to a Heel and added a spin. I worked on it before she ate and used her kibble as a reward. She learned it very quickly. It also added a nice crispness to the finish at the end of exercises, so it was a benefit. Although we never pursued a title. It was just for fun. They did a match trial for graduation and she got an almost perfect score.
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Rollo's favorite tricks are "spin" & play dead "dead" haha
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I taught my Dobe to play dead. Her cue was “bang”.
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I taught Nyx several tricks. The easiest was playing dead. Are you looking for tips on how to teach a trick, or just some trick ideas?

Really just some ideas for tricks Tim....been some good ideas so far....also hoping to teach Jake something nobody else had taught their pup.....

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Have you done any hand targeting ("touch")? It's super easy to teach, and then you can use it for all sorts of other things, such as weaving between your legs as you walk. You can also transfer it to other things, like sending him to a target plate on the floor.


Or mat work, where you send him to a mat and he lays down on it and waits until released.
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How about peekaboo? My shepherd pup loves that trick. No matter where he is, he’ll come running around my right side and stick his head out between my legs and look up at me. I specifically taught him to go around my right side and not my left for that trick since he has another command “around” where he has to circle me from the left. He learned peekaboo in just a few short sessions.
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Hello Shane's Dad!


Josie and I hike a lot and I don't know that I actually taught her this 'trick' but...


She goes and poops shortly after we hit the trailhead. I pick up the poop and bag it, leave it on the side a bit hidden so I do not carry it with me for 4 miles or so.
Well one day I had a hard time remembering where I hid the poop bag and I kept saying 'where's the poop bag where's the poopie?'. All of a sudden Josie veers a certain direction and pauses (points with her snout), boom! She found her poop bag! I was pretty amazed. So now I give her a command for that as needed. When we were potty training, I would give her the cue 'Potty' 'Poopie' , somehow this turned her into a poop detector machine.



In other words... maybe a 'seek/search/such' command would be a good trick.


Advance Happy Graduation!
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