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old dog, new tricks!

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Well not exactly old dogs, but the boys have just been taught to spin! Cash has mastered it better than Jasper (Jas has too many control issues, he does a half spin, just like his half roll over) But I wanted to share because I think we get used to our dogs doing what they do and no more, and after all the hard work of training a puppy we all settle and relax into our routines, but learning new things make them happy and us too.

What was the last thing you taught your 2 year old or older dog? and when?




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Ha, Missy, I'm smiling! I just taught Tucker (almost 3,) to roll over a few weeks ago. It took awhile, neither he or I are much into tricks. But, the other day I got out a tiny piece of bacon for him after grooming, and when I didn't get it to him fast enough (in his opinion,) he started: "sit, down, roll over, sit, how about if I roll over again...?"

He had me laughing out loud.

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I've been sooo lazy about keeping the tricks repertoire current. I taught Pixie to play dead last year and tried to get her to do it recently-to no avail. My daughter had some Mc'd's fries and Pixie was out of her mind over them. I asked her to play dead. She rolled over soo fast that she almost wore a groove in the floor! They are just too smart, and her price was not met until the fries showed up.

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Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Well not exactly old dogs, but the boys have just been taught to spin! Cash has mastered it better than Jasper (Jas has too many control issues, he does a half spin, just like his half roll over) But I wanted to share because I think we get used to our dogs doing what they do and no more, and after all the hard work of training a puppy we all settle and relax into our routines, but learning new things make them happy and us too.

What was the last thing you taught your 2 year old or older dog? and when?


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Ha, ha! Tucker sounds just like Tori. She'll run through her repertoire of tricks to try to figure out what it is she has to do to get the treat. Here's some pix of her trying to get DH to give her a piece of cheese.

We need to get back to training. The last trick she learned was this past summer when she learned to play dead.
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I'm still working on a few long term ones! The biggest one were working on now is the not barking and acting like wild animals when someone comes to the door (or in the house!). Even though, we've been working on it before...never say die! I rented an entire season on Caesar Milan and have been watching it all weekend. I AM a strong CONFIDENT pack leader. I will set boundaries and limitations and I will get this worked out! Or I will keep trying until I do!

I think I have a handle on it now. I thought all this time it was Marley being a spaz because he gets overexcited and will nip at the other dogs. After working with them this weekend and evaluating the behavior I now believe it's Rufus that is my problem. He is the one who brings the excitement level up and I just haven't worried as much since he gets a soft toy in his mouth. He looks all cute and sweet where Marley bites. When working with them to chill, I see that Marley is able to lie down and let it go very quickly and Rufus sits but is still over-excited.

You can see it's a work in progress.
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Christy~ That's the same "trick" I've been working on w/Tori. She gets so excited when people come to the door, especially my students, aka Tori's playmates She has gotten way better about not jumping on them. However, the barking is a whole different matter. What are you doing with your guys to curb that? I've tried a number of things (having guests give treats when she obeys their "quiet" command, shaking a can of coins to distract her, and lately just having everyone turn their backs to her with no talk or touch until she stops) Probably turning their backs has been the most effective but, she still barks for about a minute or more before she finally gets the message and stops.

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Leslie, Tori is so cute! I guess most Havs are afflicted with the frenzied "meet and greet" syndrome. Jackson has had a hard time in CGC class with that . . . he can't even sit still for the petting and grooming because he goes crazy. I have gotten so I put my hand on him firmly at the door when someone comes, and if he goes to jump, I press down on hi back and tell him to sit and "quiet." If he really is going berserk, I pick him up and won't let him down until I think he has calmed down a bit. We work on it constantly too! Sometimes he's just "talkier" than other times. He also wants to lick all over the person, especially the feet, so that's something else we have to work on. They just want to be friends!!

I just taught Jackson to "face front" because he was supposed to learn that in his last obedience class and the trainer never taught it! I was pleased that he has quickly picked up on it since I was worried that he would be slow to learn new things.

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Christy~ That's the same "trick" I've been working on w/Tori. She gets so excited when people come to the door, especially my students, aka Tori's playmates She has gotten way better about not jumping on them. However, the barking is a whole different matter. What are you doing with your guys to curb that? I've tried a number of things (having guests give treats when she obeys their "quiet" command, shaking a can of coins to distract her, and lately just having everyone turn their backs to her with no talk or touch until she stops) Probably turning their backs has been the most effective but, she still barks for about a minute or more before she finally gets the message and stops.
The can full of coins doesn't work for sure since I had asked Kimberly for dogs that are NOT sensitive to noise! Having parrots I coudn't have them fearful when they heard a shreik! <G>

I've tried turning the back. I've tried gong back out until they are calm and I've tried getting them to sit on a mat and be quiet then treating--didn't work.

Now after a couple barks, I say "that's enough!" and get in their way to block the space between them and the entrance. Then I use my calm but assertive energy to press them back (even with my eyes) until they submit to my will. We'll have to see how it works out. After watching several hours of Caesar I realized I hadn't been following through with either of them. Marley would meander behind chairs and such even though he stopped the barking he wasn't fully submitting to the idea--he was avoiding. Now I follow through with him. Rufus would sit but still wagging tail and full of the excited energy so I will have to work harder for him to understand I want him to relax and calm down.

I also have to work on hubby who projects this excitement level when people come to the door. He's as bad as they are! I told him last night, I know how much he loves to see the dogs excited but that needs to be reserved for play time and a knock on the door shouldn't signal playtime!
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Christy, I have the same problem with my DH! I told him he needed to stop letting Jackson go crazy until after our training class, and that if Jackson is going to do therapy, he HAS to quit jumping, licking and barking (Jackson, not my DH lol). We have to train DH's and all the others, too! They are part of the problem

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