:msngrin:Hello, I'm Deanna, and I am hoping to get some insight into the practice of training dogs. I don't have one, but my husband and I are staying with my mother for a while, and while we're here I'd like to help her teach her dog some tricks. My mom's dog is names "Frisby," which is hilariously ironic as he cannot catch anything for the life of him. He is some kind of doberman mix and he's literally the sweetest, gentlest dog I've ever met! Every morning, he greets the world and each person in it with intense enthusiam. Okay, wow, I'm totally rambling about a dog here... Anyway, my mom owns an acre of property that she manages by herself - including climbing oaks to get mistletoe out, falling trees, chopping timber for winter, stacking wood, mowing her lawn with a tractor, weed wacking the even parts - it's a LOT of work for one person. My husband and I have been helping. When we're working outside, Frisby desperately wants to help, and he's SO happy to be outside. I really would like to teach him how to pick up sticks and load them into a wheel barrow. I tried teaching him yesterday, but I don't have the skills. I was afraid of confusing him. He was very eager to please, but soon bored of the confusion. Any ideas? I look forward to hearing from you all and learning about your stories. Thank you.