Re: Best trick for a German Shepherd?
Chicago Canine - I like the idea of different languages and different responses .. interesting! I did teach Khana to shake her head "no" (back and forth) when I would ask her "whatdya think?". Most of the time I'd say "should I give this treat to Trick? Whatdya think?" and she'd shake her head no, then I'd ask if I should give the treat to another one of the dogs, etc. until I said "well, what about Khana?" and she'd bark and get the treat. So I used a little bit of a command for the "no" parts, and then taught her to bark on the "well" command. Something like that might work for your languages trick.
Brian - I hope you get a chance to use that trick! It was really fun and also funny to see how many people could NOT figure out how my dog knew which card to bring. I thought it would be obvious to adults .. *L* .. I remember one year, several months after we'd performed at the fair, I ran into a lady at a friend's house and she said "hey, you're the one that had your dogs at the fair! I figured out the card trick, she was SMELLING the cards!". This woman was so proud that she'd figured it out ... *L* .. I didn't ask her how long it took!
I love doing tricks with my dogs. In all honesty, they're just behaviors, like sit, down, stay etc. are behaviors. Everything we teach our dogs helps us communicate better.
Chicagocanine - it will be neat to see how your trick turns out!
Melanie and the gang in Alaska
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