Since you guys asked for it, I’ll now detail how to teach each trick. This is a precursor trick to Horsey from week one, so I thought I’d break it down.
You want to start off with something that’s not too high, like a pivot box (which Bonnie is on) or a phone book.
Have your dog standing in front of the object you want them to put their paws on, and have a piece of food just out of their reach in front of them (in your hand). If the dog moves one of their front legs, reward, if they get it on the object, even bigger reward!
As you move the treat just out of their reach they will naturally want to move towards it, but the scary box is in the way! So it may take them a little time to learn. Once they are comfortable getting up there, add the command of “Paws up” and reward for longer time spent in that position. Then you can try it on different objects, like a chair… before moving on to yourself!
We’d love to see some photos of your dogs showing us their Paws Up skills!
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Here’s a short video of Cynder practicing some of her fun tricks! She’s working hard for her new favourite ball that we got as a present from VCA World! It’s the Starmark DuraFoam ball and she absolutely loves it!