Head Toss

Discussion in 'Dog Tricks' started by southerngirl, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. southerngirl Honored Member

    How do you teach a dog to toss her head backwards? I tried luring Missy to toss her head backwards but she begs because that's how I taught her. Any ideas?
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  2. Dogster Honored Member

    I taught Shivon to do it with a cup in her mouth. I taught her to grab the cup, then I placed my hand above her head and told her to touch. It wasn't a hard trick to teach, Shivon "got it" after two sessions.
    Hope this helps!!:)
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  3. Mutt Experienced Member

    I taught Boef to look up with nose targetting. I would place a bar with a post-it on it above her head and ask for a touch (she already knew this and would touch the bar), this way she gained muscle memory. I quickly would fade the post-it. I than started introducing the cue ('up') and than faded the bar.
    Here you can see what I mean:
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  4. sara Moderator

    I was shapingMouse to back up, and accidentally clicked a head toss... she then offered a head toss as she was backing up every time... so I have a head toss, but no back up! LOL
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  5. Figgy McNutty Active Member

    Capturing the behavior is probably your best bet, sit on a chair with your dog in front of you and wait until you get a slight upwards movement in the head then you can capure and shape this into a head toss. Hope this helps
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  6. southerngirl Honored Member

    Thank You!! I've tried to use targeting but it wasn't working. I'll try this today.:D

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