I was doing some "free timin'" with Oreo, holding my leg up, seeing what he would do. One time, he jumped right over my leg. I clicked and gave him a jackpot. I thought it was so great, it should be our tricky t-day trick. I went in the house to get the video camera.
Well, Oreo just wouldn't repeat the trick, and my leg was really starting to hurt.
I remember our gym teachers making us do a similar "warm up" exercise, holding our leg up while they counted to ten, and all the girls in my class would be screaming in pain. I never understood why their legs hurt so bad; my legs were accustomed to the position from gymnastics. At the time, I could've held my leg in the air for an hour.
Now I understand.
I was forced to change my position, and Oreo came up with a cool trick that I think would be fun in a dance routine too.
Sorry, the video is a bit longer than I like to publish, but I didn't want to disappoint Misty's ever growing fan club. Misty joined in the fun, to the best of her ability, proving that this isn't a hard trick to learn. She learned just by watching Oreo....I taught her nothing. She just did it with a slight hand lure.
Here is a video, with a bit of the process and our laughable results! In some parts, Oreo looks more like a kangaroo than a dog.
After learning this trick, I consulted our trick book to see how the author suggested teaching it to your dog. She said to introduce this trick to your dog in a hallway. That way the dog can't go around your leg.
Really, I don't think you need to be that regimented. If your dog is into doing tricks at the moment, he/she will figure it out without having to feel trapped.
ATTENTION MISTY FAN CLUB:
Misty (and Oreo) are in a "not so tricky" contest. If you'd like to vote for Misty click here. She's number 11.
I felt silly voting for my own dogs, so I voted for Katie, Ricky & Honey ~ all fellow tricky t-day players, and good blogger buddies. Good luck to them!