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    So in 12 days I am supposed to have taught Kodee a trick for the last night of our puppy socialization class. I need advice (um with instructions) for an easy trick she can learn. Definately shake a paw is out as we think if you touch my paw, then its fair game to nipple your fingers! I'm not looking to be unique just a nice simple one.

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    What does she know already? This is what I've done with Ollie:

    1. Sit
    2. Down
    3. Roll over
    4. Shake
    5.Other Hand

    His just getting the hang of 'Other hand'. I want to try stay next but we gave it a go a couple of weeks back and I didn't think it was worth all the trouble.

    Sit and Down are the easiest, he does them on command now.
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    The trick is for fun - everyone is to teach their dog a trick to show at the last class (not a training element). Example one woman in another class taught her dog to find which cup had a hidden toy (umm it must have been a scented toy!). Outside of shake a paw I am completely stumped! After all they are only between 11 and 14 wks in this class.

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    How good is she in a sit-stay? A friend of mine once had his dog trained so that he would put the dog in a sit-stay, place a treat on the end of the dogs nose and then wait. When he gave the command, the dog would then break the sit-stay by flipping the treat in the air and catching it. I've tried it a few times with our dogs and I can train them just fine to sit with the treat on their nose, but they don't seem to be able to get flipping and catching the treat. Sure is cute watching them watch that treat on their nose, though
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    How about 'gimme 5' or 'gimme 10'? My cavs learned that as puppies.

    Another one, which is a pre-agility skill, is 'touch' where you hold your hand down and they come and touch it with their nose. Once they learn 'touch' you can guide them around and get them to do all kinds of things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathy Moon
    How about 'gimme 5' or 'gimme 10'? My cavs learned that as puppies.

    Another one, which is a pre-agility skill, is 'touch' where you hold your hand down and they come and touch it with their nose. Once they learn 'touch' you can guide them around and get them to do all kinds of things.
    I havent mastered shake a paw so moving forward to gimme 5 is not going to work. But the nose one sounds nice - how do you teach that, I couldnt find it on a search.

    At 13 wks we are learning sit, down! They are not ready for much more - this is not even a beginner obedience class. My husband is like she said we didnt have to do it... oh that is being a poor sport I told him, we have to do something even if little.

    I did find one on the internet that is just for fun but sort of cheating! Having 3 small balls - 2 red, 1 green and putting them into fabric little bags on the floor and telling her to get the green one. Of course the green one will be rubbed in chicken! I'll be honest and admit how I did it at the end! Would that be terrible of me to do? Its just for an end of class fun bit to see what sort of different tricks we can come up with.

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    this page has a pretty good description of teaching touch...

    http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/commands/touch.pdf

    Basically put your hand in front of the dog and as they look or sniff at them click if you use a clicker or say "yes" or other marker phrase..and treat..as they get the idea you up the ante so that they have to acutally touch it before the get the click/yes/treat...once they are doing it well you add the command....
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    I agree with Cathy, "gimme 5" is much easier than "shake a paw", they just have to "swing" their paw at your hand....

    A very young pup can learn that, especially for a biscuit!! ;D

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippy
    I agree with Cathy, "gimme 5" is much easier than "shake a paw", they just have to "swing" their paw at your hand....

    A very young pup can learn that, especially for a biscuit!! ;D

    Good luck!
    I guess I need to look at another site! The one I was at said you had to teach shake a paw first, then you keep raising your hand till they learn to wave it, then count out 5 waves! I was reading and going ok she is 13 wks and I have a wk to teach all that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by debjen
    this page has a pretty good description of teaching touch...

    http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/commands/touch.pdf

    Basically put your hand in front of the dog and as they look or sniff at them click if you use a clicker or say "yes" or other marker phrase..and treat..as they get the idea you up the ante so that they have to acutally touch it before the get the click/yes/treat...once they are doing it well you add the command....
    Thanks and also that is a nice site with other good information on things I have been looking for!

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