OK, wrong day of the week, but it has been sooooooooooooooo long since I posted any trick videos! I couldn't wait until TUESDAY to post these.
A friend of mine started a trick training group on facebook, and the first goal for this year was to teach your dog to "shake".
Chewy refuses to shake like a normal dog. He prefers a fancy handshake, like the teenage boys do ~ you know, when they have to do a bunch of funny things with their fingers before they actually shake. The boys at school have tried to teach me how to do it, but I goof it up every time.
Here is Chewy's "shake":
Of course, Oreo already knows shake. So, I am teaching him to put his left paw on a book, and raise his right paw, as if he's taking the oath of office. I got this idea from my Aunt Betty. She emailed me some funny dog photos, and one photo had a dog with his foot on the bible, while raising his paw, confessing to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
We still need to work on duration and fading my hand cue, but we're getting there. The hard part is keeping the book steady! Oreo is very patient with me.