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Walking Upright

Does your Havanese like to walk upright? Our Havanese mix has started increasing his walking time (this is all impromptu, I haven't trained him to walk upright). He especially likes to walk to my daughter--no reason, no treats or encouragement involved, he just likes my daughter. The other day he came in and saw her, stood on his back paws and walked a few feet to her, then walked backward, then to the side, then forward again. He's got complete control while he does this. (It's times like these I wonder how much of a mix he really is.)

A friend once told me dogs can't walk backward. I held up a hotdog and proved him wrong.
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Yeah, Kodi CAN do it, but only does it upon request. Panda... just likes it. It was a problem when she was learning formal competition heeling, because sometimes she would stand up and walk beside me, which would make everyone laugh. Our instructor would tell the class, "DON'T laugh at her!!! You'll make it more fun!!!" Because it's not OK to do in the competition ring! LOL!

So now we've put it on cue. She is rewarded when she does it when asked, and I ignore it if she does it without being asked, and she usually quits pretty fast.

(and yes, she is perfectly capable of walking backwards on her hide legs too.)


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Eventually, I'd like Smokey to walk on cue. I'm picking my sessions, though. We're working on "leave it" and increasing his "stay" time, as well as me leaving the house for short periods, so he knows I come back. (We didn't realize how freaked out he gets when I leave until my son-in-law woke up to a howling, shaking dog.)

We're starting clicker training this week--I'm nervous. It seems very rigid, literally, with all the holding still *I* have to do.

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So cute!

Mine likes to be picked up and will walk on his front legs when he wants “up.” DD has “trained” him to walk in sort of a dance but she really is luring him along
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Quincy spends as much time on 2 legs as 4. He doesn’t so much walk as bounce. He does it when he is happy, when he is excited, when he wants something and when he is curious. He is always happy, excited, wanting something and curious. He can balance like that for ages.







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Eventually, I'd like Smokey to walk on cue. I'm picking my sessions, though. We're working on "leave it" and increasing his "stay" time, as well as me leaving the house for short periods, so he knows I come back. (We didn't realize how freaked out he gets when I leave until my son-in-law woke up to a howling, shaking dog.)

We're starting clicker training this week--I'm nervous. It seems very rigid, literally, with all the holding still *I* have to do.
Don't be nervous about clicker training... it's fun once you get the hang of it. And remember, it's hard to make big mistakes when there are lots of cookies involved! Dogs are very forgiving! If you make a mistake, give a cookie anyway! It's all good. LOL!

And while it is very important to keep chipping away at those "household skills" there is NO reason you can't be working on putting the "fun stuff" on cue at the same time. To the dogs, THAT kind of training is "play", not "work". Just do it at a separate time from when you work on the other things. But that's good too. A number of 30-second training session in a day are much more effective than a solid half hour of training.
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So cute!

Mine likes to be picked up and will walk on his front legs when he wants “up.” DD has “trained” him to walk in sort of a dance but she really is luring him along
That's how I taught Kodi... Panda just does it naturally. She did it even as a tiny puppy when I first saw her with her litter. I swear she's half Prairie Dog! LOL!
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So cute!

Mine likes to be picked up and will walk on his front legs when he wants “up.”
Willow will go up on her back legs too when she wants to be picked up. She won't do it for long and usually will kind of just hop to my leg or the edge of a chair I'm sitting in.
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When Scout gets excited he will walk on his back legs. Truffles will jump around on her back legs when excited, but doesn't walk.
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When Scout gets excited he will walk on his back legs. Truffles will jump around on her back legs when excited, but doesn't walk.
Perry hops around on his back legs a lot when he's really excited (usually when I get home from work) - front legs splayed in the air which looks like he has his 'arms' stretched wide to be picked up He may occasionally walk, but it's more hopping to follow me while I'm ignoring him - not because he's on his back legs but because he needs to calm down before he gets attention when I get home.
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