Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Doggy Bragging . . .
I have to brag on my two wonderful dogs!! I bought some new treats yesterday (Evo Wild Cravings) and no of course I didn't buy them just because there is a Siberian Husky on the bag. ;) Anyway, because I never (okay rarely) give my dogs treats without having them do something first I started asking them to do tricks. Only this time instead of having them do the same trick together at the same time I had them do tricks separately! I put one dog in a sit/stay while the other did tricks and received their treats, then vice versa. This is something I have NEVER worked on with them before. I've always put one outside while training, then switched them to work with the other one. I've also never done any formal stay training with Jackal (well not much).
Jackal was overly excited and cycling through all of his tricks, but when he realized that wasn't working he calmed down and started listening. Once he was listening he did fantastic. He did his spins, jump, backing, etc. All perfectly. Then I switched to Storm and she did her high fives, spins and bow. She even did the spin in her new direction. She did trip on the surge protector so it wasn't perfect (funny!!), but she knew what she was supposed to do. :)
After they did their tricks and got their treats I decided to get a picture because you all know how I hate to not have a picture to go with my posts lol. I took Jackal to the hallway and asked him to sit and stay, then I brought Storm over next to him and had her sit and stay. Then I asked them to stay and got the picture you see above. I was soooooo proud of them!!! I really don't give my pups enough credit (or myself really). I've taught them well and I should learn to trust that they know it. :)
Anyway sorry I rambled on forever but I was proud of my pups and had to share. I've been procrastinating on teaching them anything new because I was afraid they wouldn't remember the stuff we'd been working on and that I would have to review everything (or reteach it completely)! Boring! Now that I know they remember maybe I'll actually get back into training again. I do miss it. I just have to stop building it up into my mind as this huge chore. How can you go wrong with clicker training anyway?? So long as we're having fun who cares if we actually accomplish anything. Well, I'll stop chattering away at you now. :)