Tally has to learn a 2 step trick that can be combined to a one word clue for her dog obedience class. I am having a senior moment and can't really think of anything.
Any suggestions with the steps explained would be appreciated
ummm I don't teach my dogs fancy tricks but a couple of them make me look good
by two step do you mean these kind of things:
A) put a cookie a dogs nose- dog leaves it until asked then flips it off to eat it on request
B) dog takes a kleenex out of a box and brings it to you? ( a fake sneeze is a great cue for this one)
C) a dog weaves between your legs then gives you a high four when done
as I don't teach the dogs tricks and let them teach me tricks I do what suits them best
hank can easily do the cookie routine
brody can do many sequences of dance routines - he does one cute sequence I say "say please" he sneezes - I say "no no say please" and he woofs
Sally lies down then puts her head down on her paws
Pick something that your dog already knows a portion of ... that will make your life easier
when you have an idea what you want to try to teach we can help you split it into tiny bits to teach it fastest!
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” H. Keller
Conrad has great ideas.
Here are some Kassy did.
Bow at the end of something she did.
Paw over eye or salute.
Figure 8 through your legs. Takes a bit of work. then bow.
Walk backwards with paws high as in a dance.
Bring the phone or other thing, put washing in the laundry, pick up their toys and put into basket.
Pick up a basket of something and take to someone else. Not you. Kassa did this with smaller Xmas gifts. I put them in the basket and she delivered to each person.
Speak or sing on command.
Play dead or roll.
Gimme Five or Shake is a two stepper--- first step is sit and then second step is to give the paw. Roll Over works because it is a down then roll.
The trick is chaining the two behaviors together to one command. I still walk Duke through two steps on some tricks.
I think it depends on your dog. I would see what kind of things she does naturally/likes to do, and go from there.
For example, Peanut learned to roll over in about 15 minutes, because she really likes doing it, for whatever reason. (first step "down", next step "roll over")
So now I can just say "Roll" and she will, even if she starts in a standing position. (sometimes she forgets the "down" first and just rolls from a stand, but that's another issue all together!!)
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
Will she retrieve? There are TONS of great retrieving tricks - 'recycling" - dog picks up pop can and drops it in bucket, dog picks up dropped keys, or if you are feeling very very very ambitious , try the hot dog retrieve. (that's an ongoing challenge on one of the training e-lists I subscribe to.... :P)