Anyhoo, my friend Luckie da' Dachie got nominated for July's Awesome Blog Award too! I'm sooo happy for her! And in her previous post, she compiled a list of reasons why we as her friends visit her bloggy. And in one of the reasons, she listed this down:
"You enjoy watching me play BANG with my Mom. I really need to work on my tricks. Just look at the tricks my friend Amber-Mae performs!!! By the way, Amber is also nominated for July's Awesome Blog Award so GO Team AMBER!!"
Awwww, thank you!
Soooo anyway, I told her that I can give her some tips on learning new simple tricks & for you other doggies out there too who are just as interested! I've got a few here, ALL of them are not hard! It's just how much effort your hoomans put in to teach you these tricks. She here it is!
1) 'Sit Up' or 'Sit Pretty' or 'Beg'. They all are the same actually but it depends on your hoomans on which command they prefer to use. This trick is quite simple to teach & this trick is NOT recommended for those who have hip or any joint problems(like me) & errrr... also those who are overweight! Hehehehe...
This is Chloe demonstrating to you how the 'Sit up' trick is done.
Step 1 - Put dog against a corner or a straight wall so that it knows its back is secured & will not fall backwards when it is doing the trick.
Step 2 - Stand in front of your dog, very close & lure a treat or a toy above its head slowly & when the dog lifts both front legs up to get the treat or toy, say 'Sit up!', praise it & pop a treat in its mouth or reward it with its toy. Doesn't matter if its sit up only lasts for one second, just as long it's doing it, then it's good enough! Repeat this for 5 repetitions & give it a break.
Step 3 - Stand close to your dog again & lure the treat above his head & say 'Sit up!' & when he lifts his both front legs off the ground put its both paws on you. This will teach your dog to balance & to sit up straight. Repeat this for another 5 repetitions & give it a break.
2) The 'Doggie Dressage' trick. This trick is quite simple. If you already know shake(both paws) then, there's no prob for you to learn this trick! (This trick may be easier for the medium & large sized dogs like Chloe, Me & Faith)
Here is Chloe again demonstrating to you how the 'Doggie dressage' is done.
Step 1 - Put your dog in a sit position. Kneel down close in front of it, & ask it to do shake; both paws. Give them a new command instead of 'shake', 'paw' & 'the other hand', etc. If you ask your dog to give you it's right paw, introduce it a new command. Say 'right' & for the left paw, say 'left' or what ever command you prefer to use. Keep doing this a few times & then give it a break. Don't forget to praise it & reward it too...
Step 2 - Stand in front on your dog closely, & ask it 'shake' or 'give paw' using your feet(for shorter dogs) or knee(for larger dogs) instead of your hands. But don't use the same commands you use to ask them to shake with your hands. Use 'right' & 'left' or others commands when asked to do this 'doggie dressage trick'. Do this for 5 repetitions & give it a break. Once it has no problem shaking your feet or knee, it's time for the next step!
Step 3 - Sit your dog. Stand beside it in the heel position. Ask your dog to give you it's right paw saying 'right' using your hand 1st whilst lifting your right leg at the same time too(this require you to bend down a wee bit) then left paw saying 'left' whilst lifting your other leg up. Make sure your dog can see your leg being lifted. When it does it right, praise it & reward it. Do this a for 5 repetitions & give it a break.
Step 4 - Make sure you & your dog are in the same position like in step 2. Now this time, use your feet & ask for its paws(you can still use your hand as a guidance but try not to touch its paws, make sure its paws touch your feet or knees) Remember, right leg for right paw & left leg for left paw.
Do this a few times & give it a well deserve break! Just bare this in mind, this dressage thing is not easy for us doggies coz it's not natural for us. So by doing this takes a lot of energy. Do it everyday but not toooo long!
3) Finally one of MY tricks! The 'Flip'. Wahahaha! This you must learn... But in order to learn this, you need to learn the 'Back up' or 'Reverse' trick 1st! Okay okay, I know most of you don't know how to do this. I'll tell your hoomans how to teach you this 'Back up/Reverse' tricks 1st then the 'Flip' trick.
*To 'Back up' or 'Reverse':
Step 1 - Stand your dog & stand in front of it. Take a step or two towards it & when your dog walks backwards say 'Back up!', praise it & reward it. Try this again for 5 times & give it a break.
Step 2 - Do the same thing again but take more steps towards it & if it moves backwards as you do it, praise & reward it again. If your dog veers to the side, try using a long PVC or any other light poles to tap it's side. The pole it not used as a threat! So every time you walk towards it & it walks backwards but veers to the side, use the pole to tap it's side lightly to tell the dog that it must keep in a straight line. And if it does it right, praise it like crazy like you've not seen him/her for months & reward it!
Step 3 - Stand in front of your dog & ask it to 'back up!' giving it a signal to move backwards & if it does without you having to walk towards it, praise it like crazy & reward it! Do this a few times a day eventually increasing its steps. Soon it'll get it! And when it does, I think it's time for your dog to learn the 'Flip!'
Here is me demonstrating to you all how both 'Back Up' & 'Flip' are done.
Step 1 - Stand in front of your dog & ask it to back up without you having to move towards it. Let him take a step or two backwards & then use a treat or toy & lure it around it saying 'Flip!' at the same time, making the dog turn aroun d facing its bum bum to you. Ask it to 'back up' into your legs whilst giving it signal too. If he does it correctly, praise it & reward it! If your dog can't do it or tends to turn around to face you again, hold its underbelly, & pull it backwards into your legs while saying 'Flip!' then 'back up'. Say 'back up' when you pull him backwards into your legs & say 'Flip!' when you make it turn 90 degrees around, facing its bum bum to you. Do this a few times a day & give it a break. Give it a week or two to get use to this trick 1st before you move on to the next step.
Step 2 - Stand in front of it & ask your dog to back up. Make sure h e backs up further this time. At least 4 feet away or more then give it a signal & ask it to 'Flip!' & when it does ask it to 'back up' towards you. Keep repeating the 'back up' command coz the dog will then hear for your voice to find you. Some dogs will use their ears to find you or some will turn around to look for you. And if it does it well with no problem, praise it like mad & give it a big, big reward for its hard work!
Just remember hoomans, always praise & reward your pooch for something it's done for YOU. If you don't, then the dog will not learn it as fast & will n ot understand why you're not appreciating what it's doing what you want... Then next time, the dog will refuse to do it! I hope you all doggies will be able to learn these three simple tricks. Good luck to you all & if you need any help from professional me *ahem* just ask me yer!? I'll be glad to help!
Okay, now it's time for the WONDERFUL news! My Johnson & Johnson TV commercial is gonna be on-air by next month! Finally!!! Wooooohooooo! I totally can't wait to see it & neither can you guys too right? Heeeheee.. . It's been more than 6 months already. I wonder what took them sooo long? I hope they didn't edited it too much. I'm worried!
Oh and yes! My mommy's 17th Birthday tomorrow! She's gonna celebrate it with her friends tomorrow at a themepark. She LOVES themeparks! I haven't got any pressie for her yet. I think I'll try to find one tomorrow...
Okay, that's it for today my friends! Good luck in the tricks & have a wonderful weekend! Cioz!
Oh & by the way, would you like another banana? I've got plenty at home... hehehe!