Training Challenge #3 - Tick-Tock/paw tricks
Okay, again this is one that you need to adapt to the level of your dog. Some dogs have already learned to wave, so I'm adding in a more difficult behavior past that too.
The variations on this are as follows:
shake paw (great for puppies)
high five (also great for puppies)
wave goodbye (easy to go to once the "high five" is solid)
tick-tock (most difficult of these tricks)
OR, if you have a dog that is unable to sit for long (or if you want to try both, feel free!) do one or more of these laying down:
touch paw to nose
hold paw to nose
bring both paws to nose (peekaboo)
The Challenge: To choose one or more of the above "paw" behaviors and teach it so that your dog will do it consistently on cue or command.
Explanation of "tick-tock": Tick-tock is the command I use to get my dog to high step with her front feet. "tick" - the left foot comes up, and "tock" - the right foot comes up. We do it at a stand-still and not moving forward, although if you could move forward with it that would be great too! I am standing at her side (heel position) while we do this. It's a freestyle move.
For those who haven't yet taught the wave, I would recommend that first over the tick-tock. It's a simpler behavior but it also teaches the dog to raise a paw high, and that can help you when you do go to the tick-tock training (say THAT fast three times! *LOL*).
Enjoy, and check in to let us know how you're doing!
Melanie and the gang in Alaska
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