Here is a video of Luna’s latest trick, thought some might get a kick out of it.
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So it’s not the prettiest video, and I admit I sound beyond stupid at times, but these are the things that happen when you are training your dog sometimes. And I hear I have gone beyond this level of excitement when we were working on agility, not an easy thing for me as I am kinda reserved and self conscious by nature. But my dog is SO hard to get excited or impress with praise… so sometimes I have to go to extreme excitement levels to get her to be happy too.
She tries to get ahead of me sometimes but over time I have begun to get better at learning how to work with her more to get what I want still. That’s why you see me treat for a good tug, as technically she is indeed “tugging” for me already. This encouraged her to continue to tug next time and eventually get it open. This fridge can have a pretty good seal on it sometimes, especially for a lil 36lb vizsla. I do say “eh eh” or “no” sometimes as I find it helps her focus better as for her it is guidance about what she is doing. Otherwise she gets herself into fits of smacking and barking rather than slowing herself down and thinking.
Does your dog know the “tug” command?? Does your dog even care about toys? Go on over to a friend’s blog to read about how to get them interested in toys, and why this can come in handy with your dog.
Oh and before you start worrying about Luna getting into the fridge on her own… I would be shocked if she bothered to get off her butt and “work” without me and the clicker at her side with a pocket full of treats. She really is not all that keen on being a pleaser overall, let alone if I am not even around. I also detach or put up the toy so she can’t get to the handle, and there is no way she is getting it open without something attached to the door. Now her shutting doors on her own is another story, she has done that on occasion for me when I have asked without a pocket full of treats lol. As you can see she has a love for smacking things with her paws…. any ideas on how to put this to further use??