Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Dog Blog Post #244: At last, the trick you have all been waiting for...
Just kidding. But it is one of the Two Dog tricks they have been practicing. This is by far the easier of the two, as it involved a skill both dogs learned very young in life.
Now, now... I'm not cheating in my rules. See, the hard part this week (and bits of last) were to get them to do it together.
And now, without further ado, I present:
Wow, did I learn a lot about how (my) dogs think trying to teach this one. First off, the skill itself (spin) is admittedly one of the easiest ones out there. I've always taught it with luring. Have cookie, show it to dog, move arm in a big circle while the dog follows the cookie.
One would think that to do this with two dogs requires nothing more than, well, two dogs, two cookies, and two arms.
It seems that my boys were conditioned to only notice my right hand for this trick, even when the left has cookies. And so either both were trying to be the right hand dog (and falling over each other in the process) or only the right hand dog would spin, turning this simple trick into a strategic nightmare.
On to The Daily Shoot assignment:
Who are you? Make a self portrait today and show the rest of us what you look like.
Ugh. I'm way to self-conscious for this sort of thing, and so I totally wimped out...
... my description for it reads, "To my dogs, at least, I am a hand with cookies..."
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