Tuesday, July 20, 2010

tricky t-day ~misty learns to dig

Today Misty fans, clap your hands! It has been awhile since Misty has had the camera on her. Poor thing. She is truly the easiest dog to live with, and I love her to pieces.
misty's day
When I decided to start teaching Oreo the "dig" trick (we all know he knows how to dig holes), Misty wanted to get involved. She is doing WAY better than Oreo on this one. Her enthusiasm is hysterical, given the rest of the day she barely moves. I still am not sure how I will fade the paper, since she is pretty much deaf. Therefore, I can't really give her a verbal cue, guess I'll have to work on a hand cue.

Anyway, this video has a lot of fluff. I hope you enjoy watching this, as much as I enjoyed making it. Sorry about the streaky camera lens. I'm finding all my lens need to be cleaned! I think my sunblock has crept onto everything!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-M44-uN1L9Y




You can blame me if this song is stuck in your head the rest of the day, but if you start dancing in the grocery store, it's all on you!

12 comments:

Ricky the Sheltie said...

ROTFL! Misty did absolutely AWESOME with her dig trick! But getting her to stand was too funny! I thought I would die laughing at Oreo jumping over Misty thinking it was his tricky t-day and then his expression at the end of the video with your captions! Too much! Very well done!

Maybe you can tape the paper to the floor (or use a big post-it) and then as you progress, cut it smaller and smaller on the way to fading the visual. Then I used a digging motion with my hand near the floor at first with Ricky so that hand motion might work for Misty.

Sara said...

That's a great idea Ricky! Thanks. I didn't even think about making the paper smaller and smaller.

LauraK said...

Misty is so cute, I bet she is such a fun, easy dog to live with. Oreo really does love being the star of the show though!

And yes, Penny is on Piroxicam, and hopefully she does well on it. I'd be curious to hear a little bit about your experience with it, if you don't mind :) Why was your dog on it? Thank you for your sympathy though, it means a lot!

I really hope we can make it to Saratoga- we might be flying stand by (my dad is a pilot), so hopefully we'll be able to make it in. Every time I visit Saratoga, it makes me want to move! I really need a vacation!

Marie said...

Ok, loved it! Misty is adorable. She was so funny at the end, she looked so tickled with herself, and then she really had to tank up on the water, because digging is some hard work! Oreo really did look disgusted. LOL

Priscilla said...

We loved the video!! Misty is such a clever girl and I loved your captions too :)

Kathy said...

I LOVE Misty, she is so sweet and so full of personality. Glad she got a staring role this week-she looks like she likes it to be all about Misty once in awhile, LOL. Great video.

Dawn said...

Misty-girl! You go!!! You are amazing and smart and super beautiful and funny....

Too bad Oreo didn't have such a good day, he looks totally indignant! He's so used to being the focus of all attention! Good lesson, to share. LOL

madcobug said...

Misty look so sweet and happy in the picture. Good for her learning how to dig. Oreo looks so indignant about her getting so much attention. LOL. Helen

AC said...

Misty had that gleam in her eye. Way too cute and your video editing had me cracking up again!

Lian said...

Love it! Absolutely love it! Go Misty! She is such a sweet gentle soul!

Diana said...

Great job Misty!! And oh so cute! Diana

Honey the Great Dane said...

OOh! OOh!OOh! I LOVE it when Misty finally gets some camera time - I think because I can relate to the kind of dog she is much better - ha! ha!

That was a gorgeous video - I was laughing so hard in the beginning - that is SO much like Honey -just getting her to stand up is an achievement!! :-)

And yeah - she's doing great! She looks so cute too - so intent. I'm trying to teach Honey this trick too - well, actually, she knows it already in terms of digging in sand (I first taught it on the beach by hiding her toy in the sand and then encouraging her to dig for it) - but now I'm trying to teach her the version on hard ground and using just 1 paw to make the digging motion. Because I'm planning to use it as a dance move, I have actually taught her a foot movement cue with it rather than verbal - so what I've taught Honey is whenever I start tapping my foot, that's her cue to start "digging" with 1 paw (the idea being we should look like we're doing synchronised tapping eventually!) - so maybe you could do something similar for Misty if she is deaf? (I didn't realise she was!) - use some kind of foot movement cue.

I was planning to post about us learning this trick soon as a Tricky-T day post - must sort out all the footage I have and edit it! The problem with Honey is that she takes SO long to learn any trick that I have footage going back MONTHS and have to dig it all out and cobble it together to make a video! :-)

Hsin-Yi