Tuesday, 18 September 2007
more about dog-trick - 'shy'
We went to K9 Kompany today and had lots of fun. I was telling Cindy, our teacher, about Amber-Mae's great idea for the 'shy' trick and she knew this way of teaching it. She suggested placing a 'stick-it' note exactly above Penny's eyebrow so that Penny would position her paw over her eye.
Who would have thought that Penny would ignore it?
Maybe I should have suspected what would happen. Some months ago, when we were at A Perfect Spot training, taught by Jill and Jenny, Jill suggested a similar approach. Each class member gently draped the lead across their dog's muzzle and we stepped back, clickers in hand, ready to reward the moment when they pawed at the annoying thing on their nose. They didn't. They all sat beautifully still, waiting patiently for some clue as to why their 'people' had done such a strange thing. It was one of the most hilarious moments I've had in dog training. The dogs were equally perplexed to see their people roaring with laughter, but they still sat there waiting.
We just gave up at that point.
This may be one trick that isn't for Penny...