When teaching the double dog wave, Oreo decided he wanted to put his front paws on Misty and "hug" her. Being it was kind of cute, I decided to put it on cue.
We've been practicing here and there, and I thought we would use it as our trick this week.
Boy, when I watched the video, I realized how stressed this trick makes Misty! She's usually pretty laid back and tolerant of Oreo's antics, or so I thought.
Misty was doing a lot of tongue flicking (not to mention showing her teeth!) throughout the whole thing. I've always given her lots of treats for allowing Oreo to touch her, but now that I see how she really feels, I think we'll call it quits on this trick! I want to embrace Oreo's creativity, but not at the expense of Misty's tolerance level!
Oreo and I are working on "limp", and sending him forward and then having him walk backwards through my legs. He's doing well, but not video ready. We're still working on doing a handstand, but I don't know if he'll ever be able to do that without support. It seems so hard. Even when I was a gymnast with good upper body strength, handstands were tough. It was much easier to do walkovers, than to steady yourself in one place.
There are a slew of tricks I'd love to teach Oreo that involve taking something in his mouth. I'd LOVE to teach him to put his ball in a basketball hoop! However, as soon as I get the clicker out, he refuses to "take" anything except a treat. Any ideas? I'm going to try and teach the ball in a basket without treats, but I'd also like to teach him to roll himself up in his Hawaiian blanket.