showin-off what she knows so far.

At 1:13 - my husband taught her to "drop it" with just snapping, so that's the sound you hear.

I usually start with a hand motion and move to a voice command and by now she can do them with just voice and the hand motions are just if she's being stubborn or can't figure it out. Some have never had hand motions so in that case, I'm stuck! "good girl" is apparently my clicker.

We're working on getting her to close a door after she barges through it. She also knows how to balance things on her nose but she HATES the patience it takes, sooo.... she looks miserable and I mostly just do it to teach her not to be anxious and stay cool.

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Comment by GoGoRainbow on November 22, 2009 at 9:26pm
@Juno, well... can you gimme some specific ones you wanna know about? I'll try an remember how I taught her.
The truth is, Pooka is real smart. We don't have to do the whole baby steps thing (rewarding for slightly more and more in the right direction). She usually takes big steps towards doing things. I start out rewarding (she is VERY treat motivated) her for doing the full out thing, or if she really tried hard to get it right or if she's getting real upset at me ;) just to keep her from getting frustrated. Eventually, I only start giving it for the exact behavior I want, and then start getting her to do 2 or 3 tricks (or a few of the same trick) without getting a treat every time.

I train with her ...5 out of 7 days a week, sometimes more than once a day if I'm not busy. If she's getting whiney/bored, its often reminds me and I'll train with her for 5-15 minutes.

Shake was REALLY hard for her to get. She is still inconsistant with roll-over to this day and often does it slowly. Dosido is her favorite. Backup: I used a small path between the couch and the wall, so she had to go backwards. Begging, I waited until she was a year old so I didn't mess up her spine, and we started on the bed/pillows with my hand to steady her. Things like play-dead and crawl, I just kind've had to physically push/hold her in the position and tell her to stay and if she moved I said no, hid the treat and ignored her for a second, then tried again.

I use Moist and Meaty dog food I got at Walmart cuz its little strips and I can break them whatever size I want.

I guess I should write a blog entry... check back in a few days ;)
Comment by Niki Firmstone on November 22, 2009 at 7:20am
She's so clever! & you must have a lot of patience, good on you;x)
Comment by Geri & Sidney on November 20, 2009 at 11:54pm
that is so impressive! You are doing a great job, both of you!
Comment by Beth on November 20, 2009 at 9:57pm
You have done a wonderful job with her! I'm impressed.
Comment by Sam Tsang on November 20, 2009 at 5:21pm
Awesome! Great job!!!
Comment by JanRich on November 20, 2009 at 4:54pm
Wow, that is amazing!
Comment by GoGoRainbow on November 20, 2009 at 3:20pm
we're a teeaam ^_^
Comment by Angela on November 20, 2009 at 9:09am
Awesome! Way to go Pooka!
Comment by Kathryn Graham on November 20, 2009 at 8:32am
What a smartie! You are doing a great job with the training, and you can tell she's a bright, attentive little girl.
Comment by Tauna and Kota on November 20, 2009 at 1:28am
That's amazing!!!

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