- why: 10 positive side-effects of teaching tricks
- how: general explanation on how to teach whatever trick you want
- step by step instructions how to teach 10 tricks, from basic to advanced ones
- trouble shooting (dog not offering anything, dog not motivated, dog too excited, getting stuck somewhere etc.)
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I got your DVD “Tricks for Balance, Strenght and Coordination” yesterday and I LOVE it!! :)) Everything is explained so well, and after hearing explanations on some problem (for example, what to do if a dog sits down, when you try to teach him to walk back), teaching those tricks is really easy! 🙂 We already tried to teach back and FINALLY I don’t have problems with sitting down anymore! (before watching your video, I couldn’t figure it out, what I was doing wrong…)
Anyway, I strongly recommend this video to everyone, you really learn a lot from it. 🙂 Now I’m also thinking about entering us to your October Foundations Class, so we will probably see you there! 😀
Wish you all the best!
Glad to hear you liked the video and that the tricks got easier! Most problems indeed have very simple solutions! Hope to see you in Foundations, it’s a really FUN class!
I just bought the “tricks for a great bond” DVD (was hasitating with the RC one after puppy class) and I couldn’t myself from laughing out loud at the “hide” trick for doing “hide” in “play dead” position is Fast’s favorite trick, and I never teached him anything about it. I was about to try and dissociate these bahaviors so that I can use “hide” even in sit or situp or standup … he already proposed but I wasn’t having my clicker and treats …
Awww, so cute!!! 🙂
I seems to have lost the soft copy of the DVD as I switched computer. Can I have it again?
Sure -- just send me an e-mail, this will make it easier to renew your order.
I have 8 Australian Shepherds, I don’t compete or do agility, but I really want to trick train in order to get them thinking and offering behaviors. Good mental exercise. I can’t afford to buy all three of your DVDs, so I’d like to know which one you would recommend if I only get one.
If you are new to tricks training, then start with Tricks for a great bond. If you did shaping before, then you can start with Thinking Skills or body skills (balance, coordination, strength) -- whatever is of more interest to you.
I’ve mainly only worked on clicker training for obedience skills (sit, stay, down, etc.) and I’ve worked on high five (or shake), but shaping isn’t my strength so my dogs don’t have a lot of experience with it and don’t offer a lot of behaviors. So Tricks for a great bond then, I assume?
Yes, I think Tricks for a great bond then. Tricks for balance would be good option too as some of those can also easily be lured, but if you want to go more to shaping, then Tricks for a great bond.
Oops, forgot: I’ve mainly done luring, not shaping.
I’m new to shaping (or lets say I’m bad at shaping!). I bought your DVD Tricks for a great bond as you suggested and I’m trying the basic (supposedly quick and easy) Suitcase trick. With no luck! I spent 15 minutes and all I get is front feet in, nothing more. The problem is I don’t even get anything that moves closer to a back leg in to click! I am trying to click and treat a lot, but I just get standing with front two legs and then nothing more offered, except for maybe pawing at me or the edge of the suitcase. If I continue to click, we just stay there and if I stop to see if he will offer something else, he just gets out of the suitcase! Help!
First, make sure the suitcase is big enough ie. longer as the dog. If you can find another, bigger object, that might be even better. Do you get any movement with hind feet that you could click at all? Also, reward by tossing treats in the suitcase, to keep his focus off you and on the suitcase.
I have a very big suitcase, so the size is OK. I get no hind feet movement at all. All I get is front legs in, sniff around, then back out and sit and stare at me. I was staring at the back legs, looking for any slight movement but they are just not moving at all! Should I just try small, quick sessions, keep clicking for two feet in and then if one day I see a bit of movement of back legs, click for that? Or will he just get stuck at two legs in?
No, don’t keep clicking for 2 feet in as then he will think that’s the final behaviour and won’t offer more… But sounds like he would maybe need some more hind feet awareness tricks firsts to get him to offer more with hind feet -- they can be hard to understand to dogs who were not asked before to use them in many different ways… Tricks for coordination would be great for that. Maybe try some other tricks from the DVD first then go for Tricks for coordination and then come back to this trick again.
Canyou tell me how to teach “play dead” what are the steps for this ?
do you have a video of this ?
Well, it’s very easy to lure it with a treat 🙂 but I shape it -- start in down position, then click for weight shifts, then rolling on one hip, then stretching hind feet to the side and finally adding the front. With Le, I first got front to the side and then rear though, so to be more accurate -- I just click anything going in the right direction 🙂 It’s easier to shape it on something soft and cosy 🙂
Haloween triks on school 🙂
I have some problems with you tube, when i post a video , you tube post all of my video’s instead off one ?
To link just one video rather as playlist, the link has to have a form of httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v= and then only numbers/letters of video id, nothing else.
Aw, so cute!!!
I’m new to this site 🙂 but I’ve been watching your agility runs since I got to dog agility. I have a 16 months old border collie who I know can run faster, but can be bored easily, when waiting for turn, and it’s her turn she just walks. She can also be very distracted on the environment very easily! I am planning on buying the “tricks for great bond” as I’m thinking we need more bonding, but thinking on buying the DVD “ready steady go” too. Which of the two will you recommend for me first? Thank you!
Ready-Steady-GO! would be perfect for what you describe, so I think it’s best to start with that. It gives some tricks ideas as well.
Thanks! I will probably buy it after I do my road test 🙂 thanks again! btw I will probably end buying the “tricks for great bond” too lol for my Newley rescued bc pup (10 month old) 🙂 haha