#52WeeksOfTricks – Week Seven: Stationary Leg Weave

Week Seven: Stationary Leg Weave!

This week we are going to be teaching the dogs to weave through our legs.
Start with your dog in front of you (parallel) and with your feet about shoulder width apart.

You should have treats in both hands for this.

With your dog starting on your left, have your right arm behind your right leg, with your hand and the treat in the middle. Lure your dog through and around your leg, reward when they come around making sure that you reward right up close to your leg as they bring their head around.

Once they go through the first time, have your left arm behind your left leg and lure through again.

Keep doing this and rewarding every time until your dog moves through quicker and easier.

Check out our Dog Dancing Basics 101: Stationary Leg Weave video to see how it’s done.

Have fun!


#52WeeksOfTricks – Week Three: Up


Week Three: Up!

After teaching your dog how to put their front paws up on an object, it’s time to move on to getting their back legs in on the action as well!

After giving the command of “Paws Up” hold the treat once again just in front of their nose and move it slowly away from them so they start to reach forward.

If they move their back legs slightly as they try to get the treat, reward! If they move a back leg and put it up on the object, reward!!! If they hop up onto the object with both back legs, reward!!!!!

Practice this over and over until your dog is able to hop up with a quick command of up. The important thing to make sure is that you distinguish between just wanting their front paws up, and the whole body, so make sure you practice both smile emoticon

We’d love to see some photos of your dogs showing us their Up skills!


A few things to remember when thinking about how to train a puppy

IMG_5501Welcoming a new puppy into your life is a joy and puppy cuddles make the whole experience worthwhile, but it also means sleepness nights, stressful days, accidents in the house and plenty of time spent with your new pup to help them grow and develop into a well-behaved and well-mannered adult dog. It’s important to remember that you are not alone and everyone with a new puppy has gone through some of the same experiences that you will have.

Here are a few different things to remember when thinking about how to train a puppy: 

Basic Training

I always recommend to new puppy owners to get their puppy straight into puppy school as soon as they can. These classes help teach you some of the basics of owning and caring for a new puppy, but also ensures that your puppy is getting some very important socialisation in with other dogs and people during their critical socialisation period.

Reward based training is enjoyable for the dog and positively enhances the relationship between dog and handler. It is also one of the most humane and effective ways of training dogs and addressing any unwanted behaviour. You can read more about reward based training in my article “Oh, you give her treat rewards?” Positive Reinforcement Training Methods.

8602708610_b06833c755_bTraining “bed time”

When your dog barks, cries or whines during the night it is usually a cry for attention, especially during the first few nights in a new home. Being in an unfamiliar environment for the first time can  be a bit distressing, confusing and lonely for your newly adopted dog but it’s important to ensure you don’t reinforce these behaviours.

Ensuring that your dog has a warm and comfortable place to sleep, such as a bed in the laundry or bathroom, is a good starting point. Check out my article, Help! My dog barks, cries or whines at night! for more help on this

Teaching  Bite Inhibition

One of the single most important lessons your dog will learn as a puppy is to develop bite inhibition and a c1“soft mouth”- that is, the ability to softly bite.

An important lesson that all domestic dogs must learn is to inhibit the force of their biting towards all animals – especially towards other dogs as well as people. Dogs develop teeth and jaws in their adult years that can hurt and harm. Check out my article on how to teach your puppy bite inhibition.

Toilet Training

The key to toilet training a puppy is consistency. Just like when we first adopted Sprocket you need to keep a close eye on your puppy whilst they are in the house. There’s no point rubbing the dogs nose in it as unless you’ve caught them in the act they won’t understand what you mean by it. Even then though, you shouldn’t rub their nose in it as this will just make them shy about where they go! If you catch your puppy toileting inside then pick them up and take them to a more appropriate toilet location (such as outside).

As your puppy is only learning the appropriate place to go it’s important to take them out there after a few different times:

  • When they’ve finished eating
  • After play
  • After a nap
  • First thing in the morning
  • Before going to bed
  • When puppy starts sniffing around the ground inside

When your puppy has toileted in the appropriate location make sure you give them plenty of praise and rewards, this will help get them learn the correct behaviours much sooner. Remember to be consistent with training and accidents will happen in the house, so be armed with plenty of paper towel and cleaning spray!

Flea and Worm Treatments

Flea and worm treatments are very important for your puppies first stages of life. Products such as Frontline Plus can help across the lifetime of your pet to prevent any issues! Always check with your local pet supply store or your veterinarian on the best product for your pup.

Disclaimer: This post was written by That Dog Dancing Guy and sponsored by Frontline Plus. This has in no way impacted the content of the article.

Excerpt: How and Why to Dance With Your Dog

Note: This is an excerpt from a blog post I wrote for Fidose of Reality. Check out the full post “How and Why to Dance With Your Dog”.

The first question that comes up when I talk about my blog is how exactly do you dance with your dog?

Do you Waltz, Foxtrot or maybe do the Cha-Cha? Trust me when I say that it’s nothing like that at all!

There are two disciplines: Freestyle and Heelwork to Music. Heelwork to Music is more closely aligned to obedience heel work as the dog is required in the heel positions (there are 8 in total: left, right, front and back as well as the reverse of each of those) for at least 60% of the routine.

There are so many reasons to take up the sport of Dances with Dogs:

  • It’s a lot of fun; you can put on music and dance around the house no matter what the weather outside, it’s particularly great for those dreary days where you just don’t feel like getting outside
  • You can let your creativity shine; you can dance to your favourite music, get creative with your costume and choreograph a routine that really demonstrates your dogs best abilities and tricks
  • It strengthens the bond between you and your dog; trick training with your dog is a great way to enhance your relationship and strengthen your bond
  • Routines don’t need a lot of equipment; in fact, you could perform without any extra equipment at all. Props can form a part of your routine and can vary from canes, to boxes and other things you can find around the house.

Head over to Fidose of Reality to find the full article!