Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Tibby's Tricky Tuesday!

Hello friends!
Sorry this post is so late! Owner Girl has been slacking today and hasn't been helping me do my blog! For the love of dog it's almost Tibby's Tricky Wednesday at this point and that doesn't sound nearly as cool!
Oh well, here's today's trick:

Here's what your owner should do:

1. As always have some yummy treats on hand.

2. Have your dog sit and then beg. When your dog goes into the beg position, move the treat higher above his head. If he move his paws up, that's great give him the treat when his paws are in the air.

3. If your dog stands up or jumps for the treat, have him sit and beg again. This time use your hand to gently guide his paws up to the "stick 'em up" position. While his paws are up there, give him the treat and say the command "stick 'em up".

4. Once your dog is putting his paws up without your help, you can add in a hand motion (like a pretend gun with your hand) as well as the command.

5. When your dog is performing consistently with the hand motion and command you can phase out the treats.

6. If this move seems uncomfortable for your dog, don't push it, I know lots of dogs that just can't get this trick because they are too big or can't balance that well. Also, there are many professional dog trainers that can help you find the best way for your dog to learn.

Keep training sessions short and fun, and if your dog seems to be stuck or not getting something move on to a trick he already knows well! Always end on a positive note with some praise or playtime!
Happy training everyone!


Bae Bae said...

That is so cool.. Do you think I can do that trick too?

~ Bae

Petra said...

I can't do many tricks, but I'm learning to "sit" while waiting for my treats instead of jumping like a coyote. It's hard, but I'm learning. The treat is worth the wait!