Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Tibby's Tricky Tuesday!

Hello friends!
Get your treats ready because it time again to learn one of the tricks I know.


1. As you should know by now, get some yummy treats for your dog.

2. Have your dog sit. Hold your hand up, palm facing your dog. (As if you were singing "Stop! in the name of love...") Give the command "Stay".

3. Take one step back, but stay facing your dog and keep your hand up.

4. If she gets up go back to her and have her sit again. If your dog tries to get up right away you can try to just lift your foot as if you were going to step back. If she stays put your foot back down and give her a treat.

5. Repeat this exercise several times moving back a little further each time. I'd recommend returning to your dog each time before letting her get up (at least at first), but if you want you can call her to you when you're ready for her to get up.

6. If at any point your dog gets up while you are moving back, have her sit again and go back to the last distance that she stayed for.

7. If it seems your dog is getting worse at staying the more you work on it, it's probably time to end the training session and have some playtime. Always end the sessions on a happy note and keep them short.

8. Once your dog gets really good at staying you can try jumping up and down to see if she will stay or you can move to one side or the other instead of back. You could even try walking all the way around her in a circle.

Difficulty: 2 1/2 Paws out of 5
I'd give this trick a 2 1/2 out of 5 because depending on your dog it can be very hard to stay still and let your owner walk away! Also, the difficulty varies depending on how long you want your dog to stay and how far away you will be.

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