Next 12 Tricks On Your List...

Discussion in 'General Dog Training' started by Pawtential Unleashed, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. Pawtential Unleashed Experienced Member

    So I was looking over Puppy Prodigies website again and this got me thinking about what I wanted to start working on with the pups. If you haven't seen these guys - YOU MUST - they are incredible.

    I have been sick the last little bit and haven't been doing much with them - so now I have a plan - I can lure most of these but I want to get these as offered behaviors.

    Paws Up - Cue: "Paws Up" - Criteria - pup will put front feet on indicated object on cue
    Sit - Cue: "Sit" - Criteria - standard Sit from Stand
    Down - Cue: "Down" - Criteria -Foldback Down [there is no Sit involved in teaching this cue]
    Stand - Cue: "Stand" - Criteria - pup will move from a Sit or Down into a stand
    Look - Cue: "Look" - Criteria - pup will make and maintain eye contact for 10 seconds
    Leave It - Cue: "Leave It" - Criteria - pup will leave food in open hand and on floor unprotected
    Come - Cue: "Puppuppup" - Criteria - pup will come as quickly as possible from wherever they are to me
    Touch - Cue: "Touch" - Criteria - pup will walk forward to touch my hand with their nose on cue
    Under - Cue: "Go Under" - Criteria - pup will crawl under a low lying object on cue
    Turn - Cue: "Twist/Shout" - Criteria - pup will turn clockwise/counterclockwise on cue with no target
    Teeter - Cue: "Teeter" - Criteria - pup will locate and cross the teeter when set beside the tunnel
    Tunnel - Cue: "Go Tunnel" - Criteria - pup will locate and go through the tunnel when set beside the teeter

    So what is your next 12 tricks in the works?

  2. Amateur Experienced Member

    ok I give up .... jk
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  3. tigerlily46514 Honored Member

    TWELVE tricks? lol, nope, i should but i don't have 12 on my list right now.

    I want
    ~to get Buddy's "headache" (holds one paw over eyes while sitting up) to be done in a prolonged beg. (my dog's "beg" is nothing to brag on, he can't balance super well in a beg for very long like some dogs can) so this may never happen, lol.

    ~working on "yard" invisible boundaries (he stays on his own grass, no matter what, and then i will try to also teach him where end of his cement driveway is, vs. the cement street)

    ~backchaining some segments of tricks to flow one into another, off of one cue, one trick goes directly into the other, for our amateur, (and probably lame) doggie dance routine. For example, we are working on a side stepping followed by a double spin and have dog end up in "left side" position, as if it is "one" trick, from one cue.
  4. Dogster Honored Member

    Wow.:eek: Those pups are AMAZING!!!! And SOOOO CUTE!!!!!:love:
  5. JazzyandVeronica Honored Member

    Wow; it's amazing to see what can be accomplished at such a young age.

    It makes me wonder if most of us don't start out at a disadvantage; because breeders don't let their dogs go (and rightly so) until 8 weeks of age; and with the socialization issues that come with pups removed from their dams too soon, I don't think I'd want a very young shelter pup for fear of future issues...

    so unless I have my own puppies (which ain't gonna happen) I feel like I'm missing out on valuable training time opportunities for all future dogs! :X3:
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  6. sara Moderator

    I helped raise a litter of St. Poodles from the get go. We started them from birth. getting them used to touch, sound, smells, etc. different floorings, different objects, etc. We had them climbing out of shallow pie plates before their eyes opened, and crawling over a stick before they could walk :) They started going outside on the lawns (acreage) at 4 weeks, learning to come when called then (to the name: PUPPY!!!! LOL) And we kept all but one 'till they were 4 months old. 2 stayed in the family. One of which I did some training and scent work, and tracking with. She found a lost puppy 2 hours after he became lost in the middle of the night with a heavy dew on the ground...

    They turned into amazing dogs. Early training really does make a difference!
  7. MaryK Honored Member

    Amazing I agree, when I had a litter of puppies I started 'training' from the word go and kept one, who was an amazing dog. Yes we are at a disadvantage not starting until 'later' in the puppies life but *sigh* it's for their own good.

    Ra Kismet was born wild on the streets and I didn't get him until he was 12 weeks old, lost valuable time but he's such a fast learner, we caught up:)

    Zeus, my golden oldie, was with a couple who trained from birth, so basics like 'recall' sit etc. came 'naturally' to Zeus and his late beloved sister Tiger Lily.
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  8. raymond upton Well-Known Member

    very pretty puppy I enjoyed the video of her opening christmas presents pitties are awesome dogs
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  9. madeleine Experienced Member

    Great video!!
  10. Linda A Experienced Member

    What a great idea! I hadn't thought about putting together a list of tricks I want to teach but I think I will now. Currently, the dogs are learning to paint with a brush, operate a candy machine, ride a rocking horse and limp. I will have to put on my thinking cap. LOL! Backwards weave would be a good one.
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  11. ackerleynelson Well-Known Member

    Really Nice Idea but this time I don't have list of 12.:(
  12. DevonW Well-Known Member

    The only things on my list right now and that is for creating more rear end awareness. Thor can back up on command pretty far so we're going to work on rear leg hikes, backing up stairs, and the foundations of a hand stand.

    We're doing a demo with our training group at the all about pet show in March and our trainer wants Thor to do some tricks and the backing up ones are always fun to watch.
  13. srdogtrainer Experienced Member

    I think early puppy training is very cool and maybe even beneficial to dogs. However, I am not sure that puppies that start training at 4 weeks of age are any smarter or in any way have an advantage over a puppy that starts training at 8 weeks or even 16 weeks. It depends on the amount of time put in to training over the course of their lives, consistency and training method. A 4 month old puppy that starts training at 4 weeks will have an increased attention span and yes even would be smarter than another puppy of comparative age that hadn’t begun training. However, it would not take long for the untrained puppy to catch up if they are trained more often, more consistently or… than the puppy that already has some training.

    When I got my puppy at 6 months of age he didn't have a name yet, he didn't even know what sit meant and he had never been on a leash before. Here he is after 1 week of training:

    So maybe he would have been smarter today if he started training at 4 weeks, but I highly doubt it. Although maybe he would have benefited from more socializing, or maybe early training would have made him a more confident puppy. I will never know.
    I am not saying that early puppy training is not beneficial. My point is that you shouldn't give up or be discouraged thinking your puppy is disadvantaged. I have been working with a 5 month old rescued puppy for the last month and he is really smart. With a systematically placed treat he will do just about anything. Although I don't have a ton of experience with early puppy hood training I can see tons of advantages to starting when they are a bit older. So I can’t say that starting at one age is the absolute best age and all puppies need to start early to be intelligent or reach their potential.
    I would be very interested in learning more about others experiences with early puppy training vs. starting with a slightly older puppy.
  14. DevonW Well-Known Member

    Before Thor I had never had a dog that was okay around strange dogs before. I was terrified of him becoming dog aggressive so all I did with him was socialising and desensitising as much as I could. I didn't start actively working with him for tricks until he was well over 6 months old. I don't work with him everyday and I usually don't work more than an hour when I do work with him. In 3 months he basically went from only knowing sit and his name (he's a natural retriever so I never had to train him for that) to over 70 tricks.

    So for some dogs early training may be beneficial for increasing the attention span but I don't believe it has anything to do with increasing actual intelligence.
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  15. MaryK Honored Member

    River is just ADORABLE:love: I had a big smile the whole time I was watching the video.:D
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  16. srdogtrainer Experienced Member

    Thanks Mary K.
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  17. jeanniecogan Well-Known Member

    what a beautiful puppy, and so eager to please. lucky you.
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  18. jeanniecogan Well-Known Member

    This whole thread is just amazing. thank you all for sharing
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  19. threenorns Well-Known Member

    okay - the agenda thus far is:

    cue "roll" and "rollback" (rolling left and right) - he's got the movement down, just need to associate it now.
    keep developing the reverse leg weave

    for new tricks, i want to teach him:
    pickpocket (sneak things out of my pocket)
    roll up in a blanket
    tidy up your toys (lift the lid, put the stuff in, close the lid; right now, it's just pick up whatever i indicate and toss it into whatever container i tell him to)
    find the object with my scent
    double beam (walk on two beams)
    climb a ladder (he used to do this when he was a puppy but he hasn't done it in years, so i don't know if he's still got it)
    pull a cart (a proper dog cart)
    vault off my back (could be interesting, as he's about 65lbs)
    push a shopping cart (we're lucky - they love him at canadian tire so i can use one of theirs in the store)
    play dead (the usual one)
    "shot dead" - this one:

    (actually, check out Oz - he's an amazing dog!)
    and to pose up on top of a fire hydrant
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  20. MaryK Honored Member

    That list looks like my 'to do' list! Now all I need is more time and partner back at work so I can get more time!
    Love the vid, so cute!:love:
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