Barking and Lunging on Cue

It’s new trick video time! Yay!

Today Shiva and I have two new tricks with which to entertain you. The first is responsible for several large bruises on my upper right arm and the second is why our neighbours are not very sad we are moving. Until I watched the two side by side, I didn’t realize how well they fit together. It makes me wonder if I could put her reactive behaviour on cue. It would come in handy for late night walks or avoiding religious missionaries.

Not that I would ever use my dog to escape hearing about the Good Book.

This may be the first time Shiva’s bark has ever been captured on video. It’s quite an impressive sound, I think. My only regret with this trick is that she seems to enjoy it a little too much and has taken to offering a bark when I am trying to work on something else. It gets very annoying, very fast. The next thing we’ll have to learn is a “shut up” cue, otherwise I foresee her woofing her way through every behaviour for the rest of her life.

Happy Friday!

30 thoughts on “Barking and Lunging on Cue

  1. Adorable! I actually really want to teach Mufaasa to jump into my arms (but, like, gently since he’s 50lbs!). I’ll pass on the barking on cue, I don’t think it’s a great idea for an office dog to think barking all the time is a great idea ;p

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  2. Hi Kristine, wow that was cool. We really like the jumping into your arms trick. Are you working on the tandem synchronized roll with you and Shiva? That would be fun:)

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  3. <3!!! The lunging and barking on cue title gave me a VERY different picture in my head LOL! I loved the tricks, they are super cute! I love how happy she is to work with you! Brings a smile to my face!

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  4. The jumping is a cool trick and Shiva looks so cute, that must be because she trusts you will catch her :)

    Barking is so useful, every tracking, SAR, Schutzhund etc. class learns to bark on command. Great you started training that. Next could be to let her bark with like scent games, when she found something. Or when she wants to bring something to your attention. After the bark you could use a “thank you” as a cue to stop barking again.

    Good luck!

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  5. Darn! I can’t watch the vid because it’s almost 1am and the old man is fast asleep. It would be very bad form to get scolded on holiday. However, I can still BOL over you using this new trick to avoid missionaries. Please let me know if it works,

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  6. You do amazing things with Shiva, Kristine. I’m very impressed. I would love to be able to teach that jump trick but somehow an 85 pound Sampson jumping into my arms doesn’t seem like such a good idea. :-)

    Happy Friday!

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  7. Alright you gotta tell us how you taught her to jump in your arms… I would love to teach Luna this on command… actually that might be dangerous as she jumps into my lap without a cue often enough… still curious.

    Whoo on the barking, so are you going to transition it to a hand signal and “speak”?? She does have a good bark. You already know how much Luna likes to offer this one when I am working with her.

    Great video BTW, nice lighting and we get to see you!
    Anna
    http://www.akginspiration.com

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  8. AMAZING…
    I definitely know what you mean by learning to shut-up on cue… it took me more than 15 days to get that under control but we did manage it… All the best :)

    Love to Shiva…

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  9. That is really cute stuff you do with Shiva, it actually makes her feel like she belongs, and the reactive behavior is just as good for him. Nice post.

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  10. YESSS I love the jumping trick! Elli knows it, too! Super crowd pleaser. :) It’s so nice having such lightweight dogs, huh?

    Also, Elli does the wiggle dance before barking on cue, too. Like, “are you sure? Cuz I will. Here I go! BARK!”

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  11. Wow! Shiva can jump and you can catch! That is awesome! It’s perfect timing! I think I might have to give this a try with Leroy! (just kidding)

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  12. OMG its like a trick for movie where she’s on strings or something! Awesome! :) Love how her tail is wagging the whole time too.

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  13. We can see why bruises would happen, but one must suffer to create entertainment sometimes. You may be ready to take your act on the road soon.

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  14. Barking on cue…the worst thing I ever taught Sadie. For me. She is delighted about being given permission to bark and now offers it up ALL the time. We’re pretty close to getting “That’s Enough” as a pretty reliable cue to stop barking though. I’m pretty sure she will always offer barks because it’s her very mostest favoritest thing to do in the world. And I can’t deny my baby her mostest favoritest thing, now can I?

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  15. I had the same problem after teaching Koira to “woof”. My solution was to slowly reward quieter and quieter barks, until now her cue to “woof” means for her to make a super soft, barely audible “uff” kind of sound. While she was barking a lot shortly after first learning the cue, this has completely solved the problem of her screaming at me when trying to train other behaviors.

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  16. Absolutely awesome. And now I bet you’re really relieved that Shiva is such a sleek and slender girl. I could see the leap getting much harder in a big hurry.

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  17. Fantastic!!! Though, I think if I tried this with Buster I’d be flat on the floor. At 80 pounds the chances of me catching him in my arms without injury are pretty much non-existant.

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  18. You guys are so funny. Good on you for not getting even more hurt doing this stuff, because I would have probably gotten a concussion at some point.

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