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Weekly Trick – Useful Dog Tricks

These tricks are performed by Jesse, and let me tell you, this dog has talent!  I wouldn’t know where to start to teach your dog all these tricks, other than to watch the video and break each step down into one trick at a time.  Also, loads of patience and amazing treats, along with a clicker would most likely help in learning how to do these amazing tricks.

The video is more like “a day in the life” with Jesse.  Jesse starts off pulling the covers off his pet parent and licking their face.  He goes to get a placemat, cup, and pops something in the toaster.

His pet parent gets out of the shower, just in time to get a towel from Jesse.  This dog is amazing.  Each trick is better than the last and more amazing.  I watched most of this video in amazement and had to pick my jaw up off the floor several times.  I cannot imagine how much time it took to teach Jesse how to do all these amazing tricks.

Too tired to do some cleaning?  No worries, Jesse will dust for you.

Spill something on the floor?  Jesse’s got you covered.

From vacuuming to mopping, Jesse can do it all and then some.

To see this amazing dog in action, click here!

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Weekly Trick – A Mix Of Tricks (Cats)

Since kitty tricks are few and far between, I am sharing a whole montage of videos, many you have seen before on this blog and a few new ones.  I hope you enjoy all the cuteness!

All the tricks are found on one page and I will share the link to the cuteness.

You may remember Kizzy, the Bengal cat who did many dog-like tricks, like sit and shake a paw.

Cooper, a Persian cat was well trained in playing dead. This little cutie could play dead like nobody’s business, when their pet parent pointed their finger at them like a gun and said “bang”.

And we have Kaiser, the cute and highly intelligent Bengal performing all the greatest tricks like a pro.

Here is the link to all these amazing videos.

And of course, this isn’t a trick, but what video montage of kitties would be complete without Maru.  This cat is hilarious and loves to try to fit in boxes that are 10 sizes too small.  Funny!

 

Weekly Trick – Who Is Mukaluka The Therapy Dog?

I shared a video two weeks ago of Mukaluka the miniature Schnauzer therapy dog and was interested in learning more about this smart dog.

I Googled information and found quite a few different articles about this dog.  It seems that Mukaluka works at hospitals and mainly with children, helping to entertain and comfort them, if only for a short time, help them forget about their ailments.  Apparently Mukaluka will be part of a mural at the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center where the children will see something to brighten their days each day, instead of the stark hospital walls.

Mukaluka seems to be helping to teach the Introduction to Therapy Dog training and even helps to teach other dogs new tricks.

There seems to be a Youtube channel with Mukaluka’s tricks and face plastered all over it.  Really such a sweet face it is.

I am going to share some articles and videos for those who are interested in learning more about Mukaluka.  This is one amazing dog.

You can also Google for more information, those seemed to be the most interesting articles and Youtube items that I found.

 

Weekly Trick – Mukaluka The Therapy Dog!

The importance of therapy dogs is widely known these days, not only with children, but with the elderly, people with disabilities and soldiers coming home from the war.

I thought for a change I would put up a video of a wonderful therapy dog named Mukaluka.  This dog shows off some impressive tricks, as well as prancing around so proud while performing those tricks and rightly so.

So here is the video, watch and see how amazing this dog is.  I am doing to work with Sasha to get her to be able to do these tricks as well.  Just amazing to watch!

 

 

Weekly Trick – 40 Great Dog Tricks

Many times I have said that there are many ways to teach a dog a trick, not one way is better or “proper”.

This is a video of Russell, a wonderful truly amazing dog who can remarkably remember 40 different commands and tricks.

The tricks range from down, fetch, go, kiss, gimmie 5, spinning and many others.

I just want to kiss that sweet dog!

If you want to teach your dog these tricks, or just want to see a smart dog in action, watch the video.  You will be amazed!

Weekly Trick – Trained Cat Shows Off!

No tricks for the doggies to learn this week, I just watched a video of a cat doing tricks, for treats!

For all the naysayers out there, cats will do tricks for treats.  Moogley does just that and he’s clicker trained!

He is an amazingly bright Bengal cat that can cross paws, back up, push a ball, and many other tricks.

Watch the video to see this little smartie in action!

 

Weekly Trick – Run A Course

There isn’t a video this week for this trick, rather, there are step by step instructions on how to get your dog primed for running a course, agility training, and learning how far to push your dog and when to draw back and allow them to guide the course.

At any rate, here is the article.  It will take time for your dog to get used to this, so please have patience and time, and many healthy treats.  Lots of praise and love will go a long way in order to get your dog to do what you want him/her to do.

Have fun, enjoy the time you get to train and bond with your dog.

Socialization For Dogs

Dogs getting to be around other dogs is vital for a healthy, happy life.  Dogs are pack animals, meaning they like to be around their kin.

Socialization doesn’t just happen.  You need to work at it as a dog parent.  Your dog will thank you for this,

Find a dog park, have play dates with other dogs, just make sure to get your dog around others so that your dog is happy and has a fun and interesting life.

Here is an article explaining the ins and outs of how to socialize your dog.

 

Clicker Training a Cat

Some of you might do a double take at the title.  Clicker training a cat?  Yes it is actually possible, although more difficult than clicker training a dog. Most of the time, when working with a cat, get them when they are willing to play and are alert.  Usually before a meal or right after.  I like before a meal because Isis responds better to the treats I offer after she completes the trick.  I am also teaching her to take treats from chopsticks.  We are at about 40% learned right now.

Clicker training not only gives the cat something to do, it can help curb undesirable behavior such as soiling in the house, scratching and help reduce stress, as well as many other behaviors.

Make sure to figure out what is a good reward when clicker training your cat.  What do they love?  What do they desire most?  Since each cat is different, each will have a different motivator.

The second thing you need is a clicker.  You can pick one up cheap at your local pet store for about a dollar, or you can get more professional ones that can cost about $20.  They all seem to work the same and have the same general idea.

Basically what you do is try to teach the trick, once the cat performs what you are asking them to, click your clicker so that they associate the click with the “desired” behavior.  The most basic thing to start with is getting the cat to associate the clicker with a treat.  So, click your clicker and immediately give the cat a treat.  Then wait until you get eye contact from the cat and repeat the cycle.  Your first sessions should be short.  Sometimes only 5 or 6 repetitions will be long enough and the cat will tire of learning.

Once the cat has associated the clicker with something positive (the treat), and has learned that comfortably, move on to getting the cat to touch a target.  You can use the word “touch” and have the target ready for the cat to touch.  Once they perform the desired behavior, click your clicker and immediately give them a treat.  Do repetitions for a while and give the cat a break.  Kind of leave the cat always wanting more, then they will be more apt to do what you want them to.

There is a great website to show you how to clicker train a cat.  There is a book that is recommended if you are interested in reading a book, rather than just a website to teach you how to clicker train your cat.  I have not read the book, but I am sure it would be worth it if you are serious about clicker training your cat.

Once your cat gets more advanced, they can learn so many other great tricks.  Here is a video to show you just what some cats are capable of!

Weekly Trick – Peekaboo Dog

A few people e-mailed me and wanted to know if I had information about learning tricks other than the standard sit, stay, rollover, paw, etc.  So I thought I would do a weekly post about teaching an out of the ordinary trick.

This trick is called Peekaboo.  It’s fairly basic for your dog to learn and they should pick it up quickly IF they already know the basic commands like “sit” and “come”.

First teach the dog to go through your legs from the front to the back and then from the back to the front, when they sit down between your legs while you are standing up, give them a treat.  When they first start out, and they go from the front to the back or vice versa, give them a small treat each time.

Once they move from the back to the front and front to back and sit consistently, they are just about there.  Have them sit between your legs while you are standing up and say “Peekaboo” about four times and treat them every single time after you say it.  Make sure they also are looking up at you so that they are aware of what you want them to do.

Then have your dog walk between your legs and say “Peekaboo”.  They should sit between your legs and peek out, thus the trick is “Peekaboo”.

I have a video that shows the trick because I am really horrible at explaining how to do something.  This is NOT ME in the video.  She is a dog trainer.  The video is very easy to understand and shows how the trick should work.  I hope you enjoy.

Each week I will have a new trick until I can’t think of any unique or different tricks.

In the coming weeks, I am going to talk about how to clicker train a dog and how you can actually clicker train a cat to do tricks as well.  Yes, it is possible!

If you have comments, questions or concerns, you can leave a comment here, or do what others are doing and e-mail me.  My e-mail is furbabiesfurever at yahoo.com , just replace the word “at” with the @ symbol.  I spell out my address so that I don’t get a ton of spam in my inbox.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and again, thanks for the e-mails and the compliments!  They make my day! 🙂