The other day, I taught Misty the "bang you're dead" trick. She learned it in two seconds.
I had tried to teach it to her before, but she wouldn't budge. I thought she must be getting better at learning.
I couldn't wait to show Jeff when he got home.
Before I demonstrated, I told him, "The only thing is, I have to hold the gun to her head."
He watched, laughed and said, "She's not doing a trick, she's trying to get away from your finger."
He was probably right. She hates things hovering over her head.
I tried it the next day without physical contact, and Misty very dramatically rolled to her side. She really is quite charming doing the "bang" trick.
Therefore, this week's tricky t-day video features Misty! I threw in Oreo doing his version of "bang" too. I'm still using the clicker with him on this trick, since he doesn't like to put his head down at the end. I'm clicking for him putting his head on the ground and holding it there a second.
However, he's working on playing dead right now too, and I'm hoping to combine the two tricks soon for a much more dramatic effect. Play dead is tough if your dog already knows "roll over", because he wants to keep going. Maybe next week we'll be ready. Or not.
Any time Misty learns something new I get so excited. I expect it from Oreo, he's my over achiever, but not from her.
It was a little bit difficult to get them to focus on doing tricks when I shot this video. While I was setting up the camera, Oreo nosed his way into my treat bag (which I stupidly had left open on the floor) and I caught him red handed (nosed?) gobbling up the treats. The whole time we were doing the tricks, they were both obsessed with the treat bag.