I became enchanted with dog tricks as a youngster, watching my best girlfriend's brother do amazing things with his red, long-haired mutt of dubious distinction. Red did most of the usual tricks, plus he would open doors (using the door knob) and push them closed. He would also sit endlessly with a strip of bologna across his nose, never moving until commanded. This opened a whole new world of fun for me, and "Don" was nice enough to show me how much of what he did was accomplished. Over the years, I have had 4 dogs (miniature schnauzers) of my own, all great students, the last of which departed this life in April. He was, by far, my best performer. I don't know if he was superior in intelligence or whether I have just learned how to be a better teacher over time. But, as he was 13 years old, it has been long since I have had lessons to give, so I thought I could learn something new and different from Dog Trick Academy. I will be getting a new puppy within the next 3 or 4 months, and I will be interested in what has worked well, and is fun, for others.