Lick Lips Trick---so Easy.

Discussion in 'Dog Tricks' started by tigerlily46514, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    Lol, i was watching Buddy lick his lips, and decided to 'capture' that and make it a trick. We killed off a rainy afternoon anyway!! ha ha!
    I started out by putting peanut butter on his cheek, and clicking when he licked it, however, he ended up pawing it off instead.
    so then i put peanut butter on TOP of his nose, and had better luck. HOwever, my dog seemed to find the whole thing ---food on his face---annoying. I clicked and treated him with OTHER treat than peanut butter, so he could sense "this is a trick".
    so then, i settled on holding "his" peanut butter jar under his nose, so he could smell it,
    and clicking when he licked his lips.
    (yes, my dog has his OWN clearly-marked peanut butter jar, separate than 'ours', so i can stick my finger in it, ha ha)
    For the cue, i use "Buddy, do you like kitty cats?" and Buddy licks his lips!
    runner up cue was "tequila" but, Buddy has too many booze-related joke tricks already, ha ha:ROFLMAO:
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  2. fly30 Experienced Member

    Lovely ! (y)

    I'm capturing Fly lips licking also. She lips her lips very often naturally (a calming signal). So she does lick her lips if I lick mine in response. When she gets it correctly, I'll add the cue "Yummy !"
  3. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    I had the most unexpected consequence of teaching Buddy this trick, and it surprised me.
    Long long ago, i had taught Buddy to "smile" upon request, and he does. I say "smile" and Buddy opens his mouth, and has a smile, very similar to the one you see in his current icon photo. This cue is SOLID like a rock, okay? This "smile" cue, is one Buddy does very very often, for over a year.

    NOW, that i have trained Buddy to lick his lips, to the word "kitty cat", NOW Buddy no longer understands "smile"....NOW when i say "smile", Buddy licks his lips.

    i guess, both cues make Buddy think: "mouth trick".
    So i had to get the clicker, and start all over from scratch, on the cue "smile". Oddly, it's not going any faster than if he'd NEVER ever heard the cue in his is as if he's never been taught this, right?

    weird. i was very surprised at this.
  4. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    yeah, i'm real sorry i ever taught this trick to Buddy,
    as now,
    his "smile" cue is still a lil bit shoddy, he STILL occasionally offers lip-licks now, when i say "smile".
    i've quit the "Buddy wanna kitty cat" cue altogether, and am just focusing on getting back his "smile" cue.
  5. running_dog Honored Member

    Unimaginative me uses the cue "Where's your tongue?" Wish I'd thought of "kitty cat."
    Zac doesn't have a "smile" to ruin and "Where's your tongue?" is a nice static trick when there are nervous kids around.
    Maybe I could teach a new cue?
  6. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    yeah, i am going to attempt same thing, RDog,
    i'm going to try swapping out the cue for a trick Buddy already knows......
    not exactly sure how to begin....say old cue/new cue back to back,
    and then,
    overtime, drop out old cue?
    btw, i STILL can't get Buddy to be able to do two different mouth tricks! isn't that something?
    so i dropped the lick-lips,
    and just have Buddy smile on cue.
    if i try to have Buddy have BOTH tricks in his list of tricks,
    he mixes the 2 tricks up, and then licks lips for "Smile"
    and sometimes smiles for "Buddy wanna kitty cat?"
    sigh. i wonder if other dogs can do 2 mouth-position tricks, and keep the 2 tricks sorted out in their mind....could be me doing something wrong.
  7. fly30 Experienced Member

    You'll be happy to read that I'm not able to teach her any of both tricks properly to Fly. I thought she got lick lips but in fact she didn't get it right. And smile, I didn't even try. So for the moment, I'm no good at this. ;)
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  8. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    Fly, you are just saying that to make me feel better!:ROFLMAO:

    to teach smile, i had to find things that made Buddy smile,
    which was not hard,
    like scratching back of his head,
    cooing at him/praising him,
    even moving room to room makes him smile.

    It did take Buddy a lil while to put his finger on exactly WHAT was being clicked,:confused:
    but, he DID figure it out.:D

    is cutest thing, and now, cuz he has been so highly praised for smiling,
    he DOES smile wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy more often.

    but yeah, once i tried to teach him to "lick his lips",
    his "smile" went out the window, and i had to REteach it all, from scratch!!?? as if he'd never ever learned it ever. weird.
  9. running_dog Honored Member

    Maybe I could see if Zac could learn 2 tongue tricks?

    Where's your tongue - tongue out of front of mouth
    Do you like hedgehogs - lick lips

    It might be interesting to see if my little dunce could learn 2 tongue tricks... I'll report back if we make any progress.
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  10. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    c'mon, and do like Fly did, lie to me, so i'll feel better about myself!!:ROFLMAO:

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