I've been trying to teach Kesem the 'Shy' trick for quite a while, but it turned out surprisingly:
I decided to teach her the command by the name 'Hide'. I taught her for a few sessions, but she just didn't seem to get it, prefering other tricks, such as 'Speak' (by the way, she agreed to try and 'Spoke' today at the park! I'm so proud! :yipi
I decided that if she didn't like that particular trick, we could let it go for a while and focus on other stuff. We could go bback to it in a week or two, and drop it completely if she didn't like it. No big deal, right? There are tons of neat tricks to choose from, you can just take your pick
The startling part, for me at least, happened about a week ago.
I sat down in front of Kesem, who was sitting as well, and though that it would be nice if she knew the classic 'Hand' trick (pronounced 'Yad' in Hebrew).
I asked her for 'Yad', stretched out my right hand and, to bewilderment, she lifted her left paw right up into the air!
A few minutes later, after repeating, realising it was foolproof, giving her a week's worth of praise and total euphoria, I realised that 'Hide' really did sound kinda like 'Yad'. Which made me even happier, because it proved that Kesem had learned something out of that trick after all. And it even helped us later on, a.k.a now.
Now I'm going to try teaching it by the longer name 'Hide-and-go-seek', which sounds pretty much like 'Hidengosi' when I say it to Kesem, so I'm sure she'll manage :dogsmile: