This week we've been working on spins. I had a surprise snow day yesterday, which gave me time to video.
Oreo already knew spin left/spin right with a hand cue. I decided to try and teach him how to do it with a verbal cue only. Oreo relies more on my body language than words. I think all he hears me say is "blah, blah, blah".
It took us two training sessions to get 'spin left' on a verbal cue. It was so exciting when his brain clicked and he got it! Makes me want to go back and retrain every trick he knows with verbal cues only.
Oreo can now go both directions on verbal cue ~ "spin" is counterclockwise, "twirl" is clockwise. Isn't he brilliant? Mr. Smartypants.
Chewy is a maniacal spinner in everyday life, and he always spins clockwise. Every time I bring him to the chiropractor, his neck is stuck in the "turn right" position. Teaching him to go left is tough, but I think it will be good for his neck if I can get him to do it a few times a day. Might help us with agility too, because he will not turn left after a jump, instead he spins right and often backjumps.
In this video Chewy is twirling (right) on verbal cue only, and spinning counterclockwise with a strong hand cue.
And here is my first attempt at some double dog twirling (with this duo anyway, I think I did this with Oreo & Misty) Oreo was doing it on the verbal cue, but Chewy either didn't generalize with me standing up or by adding a partner. We'll keep working on it.