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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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How to teach dog to cover eyes/nose

I've seen videos and read about teaching this trick by placing a little piece of tape on the dog's nose, and then capturing the behavior when they try to wipe it off with their paw. I tried to do this with Ava, but she didn't really seem to care at all about the tape being on her nose! Is there another method I might try to get her to do this trick?
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sort of like this?


I know this is unconventional and may be a bit cruel but I would tickle Smokey's whiskers with my fingers. He would swap my hand away and that's sort of how he learned the behavior. It isn't perfected but it's a semi-start
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She is 5 months. She already has more than 20 learned commands which she performs beautifully every day, but she is getting bored with them. I haven't taught her anything new in a while, so I thought this would be a good challenge for her. Any suggestions on how to teach it without the tape trick?

ETA: Sheeva, that is what I meant! I might have to try that. Perhaps it would also be easier at first with her on her side, like Smokey here.
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If that doesn't work, try tickling the eyelashes. (I hope I don't get yelled at for doing this ). It might be irritating to the doggy but it'll get you sort of what you want...
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Did you try the tape method? It worked with her for the first two attempts, and after that she didn't even care about it being on her! hahaha! All the videos make it look like most dogs react the same way... but not Ava!
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Did you try the tape method? It worked with her for the first two attempts, and after that she didn't even care about it being on her! hahaha! All the videos make it look like most dogs react the same way... but not Ava!
No, I didn't try the tape method. This was my own idea. I hate when my hair get's in my face and tickles it. I figured Smokey would dislike me tickling his face/whiskers/eyelashes as well

I also noticed how he would cover his face if a fly landed on it. It's just irritating...lol
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I almost have my dog doing this, but it's still spotty. I tried tape and Post-Its on different spot on his face, but he really didn't care and would leave them there. Then I started putting my hand over his eye and he would always swipe at it with his paw, but when I remove my hand and give the command, he'll reach for me with his paw instead of his eye.

Maybe a large pony tail holder/scrunchie-type thing fitted loosely over the muzzle? Or maybe something like a bandana tied loosely and slipped over the eyes? The problem with teaching this trick is you kind of have to annoy the dog to teach it!


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You have to position the post it note so they can see it out of the corner of their eye Right in front of the eyes/nose seems to be a blind spot
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What command do you associate with this behavior?
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